In My Kitchen: New Potatoes with Peas and Cilantro [VEGAN]

One of my favorite quick meals is mashed potatoes, butter and peas. It’s simple and easy and filling. When I saw this recipe from Ottolenghi that uses smashed new potatoes and blends the peas with cilantro, I knew I had to give it a shot!

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound 10 oz new potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups peas
  • 3/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and boil for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain and place in large bowl.
  2. In a food processor, blend 2 cups peas, cilantro, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/4 tsp salt and plenty of black pepper into a rough paste and set aside.
  3. Roughly smash 2/3 of the potatoes with the bottom of a drinking glass. Leave 1/3 of the potatoes whole.
  4. Add the pea mixture to the potatoes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of whole peas. Serve with lemon wedges and more black pepper.

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Ottolenghi (SIMPLE cookbook)

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