Penne is a type of pasta that is cylindrical shape and usually their ends having ridges on each noodle. Penne is traditionally cooked and served with pasta sauces such as pesto. Penne is a popular ingredient in pasta salads are cut diagonally. These two-inch long tubular macaroni are sometimes referred to as mostaccioli. This pasta is good with chunky meat or vegetable saucesBoiled penneBring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add in penne pasta and cook until the pasta becomes soft. Drain the penne pasta and cover with cold water and let stand 15 minutes.