Penne are short narrow tubes of pasta. The sturdy shape holds together well when cooked and tossed with other ingredients.
To thinly slice basil, stack the leaves then roll them up like a cigar. Cut the rolled basil crosswise into very thin strips.
Serve this simple pasta dish with crusty bread and a salad of hearts of romaine tossed with thinly sliced red onion and oranges. Sprinkle the salad with balsamic vinegar, black pepper and chopped fresh mint.