It’s taken me years to overcome my childhood phobia of peas. Especially frozen peas. And while I’ve created some recipes over the years using the humble pea, I’ve always felt a little funny about them.
Even though other people have been excited about my pea recipes, I’ve really struggled. Until now.
Honestly I could happily eat this pea and pesto ‘mash’ by the spoonful. On it’s own.
It’s that good.
Even my green-food-phobic boys gobbled theirs up (all be it with some coercion to try it in the first place).
We loved this meal on a Summers night when I didn’t feel like heating up the kitchen.
I simmered the sausages in the morning when it was still cool. Then at dinner I just browned them on the BBQ. Covered the peas in boiling water, drained and pureed with some pesto and dinner was ready.
Hey pesto! (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
Sausages with Pea & Pesto Mash
- 4 sausages
- 250 g frozen peas
- 6 tablespoons pesto
- parmesan cheese grated , to serve
- lemon wedges to serve
Place sausages in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and simmer for 10 minutes or until just cooked through. Drain.
Boil the kettle. Place peas in a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 60 seconds or until peas are defrosted. Drain and puree peas with the pesto using a stick blender. Or mash with a masher. Leaving them as smooth or chunky as you like. Taste and season with salt or some parmesan as needed.
Drizzle sausages with a little oil and brown in a frying pan or BBQ on a medium high heat.
To serve, divide pea puree between two plates. Top with sausages. Grate over some parmesan and pop lemon wedges on the side.
WINE MATCH: A Summery dry rose.
Variations & Substitutions for Sausages with Pea & Pesto Mash
different meat – the pesto peas are also great with chicken, lamb or fish. Or even a pork chop!
dairy-free – skip the parmesan and use a dairy-free pesto.
different veg – loving the idea of exploring other vegetable + pesto ‘mashes’. Thinking of trying broccoli and cauliflower next.
carb-lovers – serve with mashed potatoes as well. Or crusty bread.
more pesto – serve sausages with a dollop of extra pesto on top.
no pesto / nut-free – make an ‘instant pesto’ by pureeing 1 bunch basil leaves, a clove garlic and a few handfuls grated parmsean with the peas. And enough extra virgin olive oil to bring it all together.
sausages – freeze them.
frozen peas – will last for months in the freezer.
pesto – commercial jars of pesto will keep for months in the pantry. Fresh pesto will keep in the fridge for a few weeks. Cover with olive oil to prevent exposure to air and browning reactions.
parmesan – keeps for longer in a chunk so only grate when you’re cooking. I wrap in waxed paper or baking paper and then keep in an airtight container or a sealed ziplock bag. I prefer this over just wrapping in cling wrap because the air in the container allows the cheese to breathe and not sweat but the container / plastic bag prevents from drying out in the dry fridge air. Either way will keep for months.
lemon – whole lemon will keep wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.
Sausages can be poached ahead and kept for 1-2 weeks in the fridge or frozen. Pesto pea mash can also be made ahead and ‘fridged’ or frozen. Just allow to come to room temp before using.
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- Magic Sausage & Cabbage Supper
Have fun in the kitchen!