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Little Coins

Serves 4 to 6 as a first course


Pasta Dough

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

Pinch salt

3 eggs

1/3 cup dry white wine

Pignoli Marjoram Sauce

6 tablespoons unsalted butter or Extra Virgin olive oil

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons finely minced marjoram 

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted


1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese  or more to taste



Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add the eggs and 1/3 cup of the wine and pulse again to mix. If the dough seems dry, add more wine, a tablespoon at a time, until you have a soft ball of dough. Remove from the processor and knead it into a smooth ball. Cover with a bowl and let the dough rest for 1/2 hour.

Cut the rested dough into quarters and work with one piece at a time. Leave the rest of the dough covered so it doesn’t dry out as you form the pasta. Flatten the piece of dough and run it through a pasta machine until it is about 1/8th inch thick.

Using a corzetti stamp, cut circles in the dough. Then press each circle in the stamp to imprint both sides of the dough with the design. Put the finished circles on floured lined towels in single rows.. The scraps from the circles can be reworked to make more coins. When all the pasta has been formed let the circles dry for 20 minutes and then turn them over let them dry for another 20 minutes

For the Sauce
Crush the toasted pine nuts and the marjoram with a mortar and pestle or in a food processor. Set aside. 

Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pine nut-marjoram mixture and stir. Add salt to taste and keep warm while the corzetti cook

Bring 4 to 5 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Drop in the corzetti and cook until al dente and not a bit more! This will only take a minute or two. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. 

Drain the corzetti and put them into the sauté pan with the sauce. Cook a minute more over medium heat. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to keep it moist if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the cheese just before serving.

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This recipe is featured on show 2326 - Cooking of Liguria.


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