Penne is an extruded type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces; their ends are cut at an angle. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna, deriving from Latin penna, and is a cognate of the English word pen. When this form of pasta was created, it was intended to imitate the shape of a fountain pen's steel nib. This pasta goes well with a wide variety of sauces. Suggested with thicker sauces, such as tomato, meat or vegetable, or for use in salads.