Derived from the Latin word “penna,” meaning “pen,” Penne Rigate are hollow cylindrical-shaped pasta noodles with external ridges and diagonal openings at both ends to mimic the tip of a fountain pen. While the origins of noodles date to ancient China, the dried pasta we know and love today is 100% Mediterranean! At Piyale, we have been making traditional Italian-style pasta in Turkey since 1922, with high-quality Durum and soft wheat semolina. Our Penne Rigate is the ultimate comfort food, and a perfect vehicle to use in hot, cold or baked preparations. Use Piyale Penne Rigate with sautéed garlic, broccoli rabe and sausage to make an Italian classic. For a delicious baked casserole, cook the penne before it’s al dente. Sauté garlic, onions and mushrooms in olive oil, add ground meat (optional), spices and crushed tomatoes. When finished, spoon the mixture into a baking dish with the almost cooked pasta, top with mozzarella cheese and bake. Your family and friends will thank you!