Orecchiette is definitely one of my favorite pasta shapes. The origin of this pasta is in Puglia, in southeastern Italy (The heel of the boot). The word 'orecchiette' means 'little ears' in Italian and, obviously, the name derives from their shape. This pasta doesn't require a pasta machine in order to open it up - only your hands and a cheap kitchen knife. The rough texture of the pasta holds the sauce fantastically and you can pair Orecchiette with any type of sauce.