How Long to Boil Penne Pasta
You should always double-check with your packaging but, on average, when boiling penne pasta, you should expect that it will take about 10 to 13 minutes. You can start checking the doneness of your penne pasta around the 8 or 9-minute mark, especially if you prefer your pasta to be al dente, or to the tooth, which signifies a firmer piece of pasta. You can check if it's done by biting into a piece to see if it's to your taste or by breaking it to see if there's a white ring. If you can still see a large white ring after boiling it for a few minutes, you'll need to continue boiling it until the ring becomes smaller.