- Penne Rigate The standby a Penne Rigate are one of the mainstays of the Italian pasta scene, perhaps because they’re one of the finest foils imaginable for a chunky sauce, be it meat or vegetable based. They also hold up well to baking, and are therefore one of the standard ingredients in baked pasta dishes. In fact, you can make almost any lasagna recipe with penne if you have to.
They’re about 1 1/2 inches long (3.5 cm), have ridged walls, and are cut on a slant, which helps them to catch and trap sauce. The cooking time is about 11 minutes.
Possible substitutions: A great many, including mezze penne, pipette, tortiglioni, mezze maniche, sedani, rigatoni, ziti, and penne lisce (smooth sided penne).