penne means: Italian for pen, quill. It is used to refer to short- to medium-length straight tubes with ridges or smooth pasta. (in Cooking Dictionary)

What else does penne mean?

  • For trapping sauces, smooth tubes that are diagonally cut can be used. These are known as penne-rigate. In 12 minutes, you can cook. (in Cooking Dictionary)
  • Tubes of pasta with a quill shape and smooth sides. These are known as penne Rigati. They are also known as mostaciolli. Manicotti are large tubes with quills that shape like a tube. (in Cooking Dictionary)
  • Pasta served in short, narrow tubes that have been diagonally cut at the ends. (in Merlin Dictionary)