Sausage + Pea Breakfast Muffins

A complete meal all in one convenient muffin! The perfect on the go breakfast for your busy mornings.

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Sausage + Cheese + Peas - seriously what more do you need in a breakfast right! I personally tend to be more of a fan of savour things and when it comes to breakfast I am a strong believer that sweets don’t belong.

So when it comes to muffins I kinda think that savour is a better way to start the day. Now, this is certainly not to say that I don’t love a sweet muffin, but they tend to be more of a mid-day snack that a morning kick start. So that is where these muffins come into play.

I don’t know about you but most mornings there is barely enough time to get ready let alone eat a full breakfast, so why not one that can be easily taken to go and gives you all the things you need to get you through the morning. It’s like a muffin version of the classic breakfast sandwich + peas.

Now perhaps peas seem like an odd choice but hear me out.

  • They are bright and cheery and everything savour needs some freshness

  • Peas contain just about every vitamin and mineral that you need, so while you may not be getting a full serving in every muffin, even a little bit helps right!

That being said, if that still didn't convince you, you can totally leave them out or sub them for something different. Zucchini, corn or carrots would all be equally delicious - I just think that any time you can sneak some veggies then you are winning!

So do yourself a favour and make a batch and keep them on hand for when you need them - your mornings will thank you!

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 20 minutes

total time 40 minutes

servings 12

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs

1 cup frozen peas

1/2 lb breakfast sausage

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 and line your muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

In a small frying pan place breakfast sausage and cook through breaking into small pieces as it is cooking. Drain onto a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cheese - stir to combine. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture then add in milk, melted butter and lightly beaten eggs. Using a large spoon stir until just combined then add in peas and sausage and stir until mixed through (be sure not to overmix).

Divide evenly between 12 paper liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

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Ravioli with Peas, Mint and Pistachio Crumble

Ravioli with Peas, Mint and Pistachio Crumble - my version of Eataly’s Ravioli di Piselli.

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Ravioli with Peas - I must admit that initially, this wasn't a combination that sounded tasty, but then I tried it!!!

Last weekend we went to Eataly, one of my favourite places in LA, I mean seriously, It’s like Disneyland for food lovers especially Italian food lovers. If you ever have the opportunity to visit you must, plus they have locations in Vegas, Chicago, NYC and Boston so you have options. Seriously, if you want to make an amazing dinner that is simple yet so flavourful this is the place to visit. Just the mozzarella alone is worth the drive!

Now after you admire all of the amazing cheese and pasta you absolutely must visit one of the many food options. For us this weekend it was a necessity to have an Aperol spritz and some pasta, so while perusing the menu I was intrigued by their Ravioli di Piselli aka Ravioli with Peas.

So despite being unsure I went for it and let me say - I was instantly in love. Nothing is better than eating a meal and then dreaming of when you can return to have the exact same thing! So needless to say I needed to make a version of this to appease my ravioli needs.

Now while my version is a scaled down it is still super delicious. The Eataly version has pea and mint stuffed ravioli my version is a bit more weeknight friendly with a cheese ravioli and pea “sauce”. You get all of the spring pea flavours without all of the work.

This is a meal that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes yet looks fancy enough to serve at any dinner party. So if you can't run to Eataly tonight make this version - it will meet all of the Peas and Pasta needs you didn't even know you had!

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prep time 15 minutes

cook time 15 hour

total time 30 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup pistachio

1/4 cup panko

1 cup peas + 1/4 cup

5 mint leaves

6 tbsp salted butter

1 lemon

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 lb cheese ravioli

Instructions

In a small frying pan combine finely chopped pistachios and panko and cook over medium/high heat until browned - approx. 5 minutes (stir constantly to avoid burning).

Cook ravioli according to directions on the package. Meanwhile, in a food processor place the peas and mint leaves and blend until smooth. Add butter to a large saucepan and allow to melt completely then add in the zest of your lemon, salt, pepper, finely grated parmesan and the pea puree. Whisk until it comes together and is smooth.

Drain the ravioli setting aside 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Whisk the water into the sauce then toss with the ravioli and remaining peas. To serve divide between 4 plates then top with the pistachio crumble.

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