Love Nando’s Macho Peas? Now you can make them at home with this easy peasy Homemade Macho Peas recipe. They are super simple to make and taste SO GOOD!
Yes, another homemade Nando’s!
By now I am sure you know how much I love Nando’s – eating it in Nando’s restaurants of course, but I especially love recreating my Nando’s favourites at home!
One of my favourite Nando’s sides is Macho Peas. If they are one of your favourites too, I have good news for you… they are super easy to make at home!
(And even if you’ve never had a Nando’s in your life, I think you’ll still agree this is a delicious way to cook peas.)
Sorry I couldn’t help myself 😂🤣 But my Homemade Nando’s Macho Peas recipe really is easy peasy!
All you need to do is cook frozen peas in the normal way – until they are done how you like them. Then drain the peas and return them to the pan. (For the full Nando’s effect don’t quite fully drain the peas – leave a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water in the pan.)
Next, lightly mash the peas, using a potato masher. (Don’t go too mad here! You are aiming for some, but not all of the peas to be a little mashed.)
Finally, add a drizzle of olive oil, chopped fresh mint, salt and chilli flakes, and stir to combine. It only takes 5 minutes and they taste almost exactly like Nando’s Macho Peas!
What to serve with Macho Peas?
This easy peasy Macho Peas are the perfect side dish for Nando’s-style Peri Peri Chicken! For example:
- Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Thighs
- Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Breasts
- Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Wings
- Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Burgers
- Peri Peri Chicken Traybake
They also go brilliantly with roast chicken, roast lamb (it’s like combining the peas and the mint sauce!), shepherd’s pie, cottage pie, fish pie, lamb hotpot, fish and chips… and well basically anything you usually serve with peas!
(Show here with Homemade Nando’s Fino Pitta, Homemade Nando’s Rainbow Slaw and Roasted Peri Peri Sweet Potato Cubes.)
What to do with leftover Macho Peas?
Macho Peas taste best made fresh, but any leftover Macho Peas will keep for a day or two in the fridge. Simple put any leftovers in a lidded container and place in the fridge. These peas taste surprisingly good cold – or you can warm them back up in a saucepan or the microwave.
Can you freeze Macho Peas?
Technically you can, but I don’t recommend it. Macho Peas taste much better made fresh!
If you like this recipe…
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Homemade Nando’s Macho Peas
- 300 g frozen peas (the larger kind, usually labelled ‘garden peas’, NOT the smaller ‘petit pois’ – I use Birdseye Garden Peas)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 leaves fresh mint finely sliced
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste – see Note 1)
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (or to taste – see Note 1)
- Place the peas in a saucepan and cover with boiling water from the kettle.
- Bring back to the boil and then simmer the peas until they are done how you like them. (Roughly 2-3 minutes.)
- Drain the peas. For the full Nando’s effect don’t quite fully drain the peas – leave a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water in the pan.
- Return the peas to the pan, but do not put the pan back on the heat. Lightly mash the peas, using a potato masher – but don’t go too mad here! You are aiming for some, but not all of the peas to be a little mashed – to give a similar texture to the peas you get in Nando’s.
- Add the olive oil, mint, salt and chilli, and stir to combine.
- Serve with all your Nando’s favourites!
- I have tried to use a similar amount of salt and chilli as you get in the Macho Peas in Nando’s restaurants – to give as authentic a taste as possible, however feel free to adjust these quantities higher or lower to suit your own personal tastes.
- Not suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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