Pea, New Potato & Goat’s Cheese Frittata

I remember very clearly when the all new Sainsbury’s magazine was launched back in May 1993. Back then, supermarket magazines were pretty wretched; thin and cheaply produced with a dearth of compelling content.

The Sainsbury’s magazine pumped oxygen into a stagnant pond and I loved it from the get go! Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn-Jones were at its helm and commissioned great content, assembling a team of talented food writers, cooks and chefs. Some were at the start of their careers and others already well established; together they produced a rich collection of material for every single issue. And for just £1 it was excellent value, even in those days!

One of the strengths of the magazine was the reliability of the recipes featured. They were always properly tested and clearly written so those of us who made them did so with confidence.

Fast forward 20 years and while the quality of the field has definitely improved (and dropped again, as in the case of Waitrose Food Illustrated when it changed to Waitrose Kitchen) Sainsbury’s magazine is still going strong.

To mark its 20th anniversary, Sainsbury’s has produced a celebratory cookbook featuring over 100 recipes chosen from an extensive archive.

Unlike some glossier and trendier recipe books I’ve flicked through lately, what I love about this collection is how many of them I want to make (and feel confident that I can make).


I’ve been enjoying cooking from the book, and have permission to share the first recipe we made, Brian Glover’s pea, new potato and feta frittata.


Frittata is such a versatile dish – it can be enjoyed both hot and cold, it’s ideal for lunch or dinner, for picnics or packed lunch boxes and it’s very simple to make.

We took Brian’s suggestion to substitute the feta for goat’s cheese, as we much prefer it.


Pea, New Potato & Goat’s Cheese Frittata

Serves 4

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
500 grams new potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped or 0.5 teaspoon dried
200 grams frozen peas*
a good knob of butter
6 large eggs, beaten
100 grams goat’s cheese (or feta), crumbled
optional: a handful of peashoots

*The original recipe specifies podded peas, but we bought fresh pods and discovered enormous, tough-skinned, tasteless peas within so we substituted with sweet little frozen peas instead. We weighed them frozen, then left them in a bowl of tepid water for a few minutes before draining and using. The recipe calls for boiling the podded fresh peas for 4 minutes before adding to the frittata pan.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 23-25 cm non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and 2-3 pinches of salt, and stir. Cover, turn down the heat and sweat the onions for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  • Add the potatoes and thyme to the pan and cook, still covered, for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are just tender, adding the extra oil if they are drying out.


  • Uncover the pan and turn up the heat until the potatoes start to colour.


  • Add the butter and, when melted, add the peas, Season the eggs and pour into the pan, stirring in the cheese and pea shoots. Preheat the grill.


  • Cook the frittata over a medium heat, drawing in the edge with a spatula until the base sets. After 4-5 minutes, when the underside has browned, put the pan under the grill for 2-3 minutes to just set the top.


  • Place a large plate over the pan and turn over plate and pan together, to remove the frittata from the pan.


We really enjoyed the frittata, both hot out of the pan for dinner and cold for lunch the next day.

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88 Comments to "Pea, New Potato & Goat’s Cheese Frittata"

  1. Beatrice

    This is a lovely twist on an old favourite – have made frittatas with all variety of ingredients but will definitely be doing this one soon . Thanks for highlighting it 🙂

  2. sandi

    That looks amazing. I really want that for lunch now. Favourite recipes… butter chicken or lasagne.

  3. Jayne Sullivan

    I used to eat frittata when I lived in Spain many years ago. Happy memories. The family recipe which was passed down by my late mother was Bread and Butter Pudding.

  4. Tracy Nixon

    My family love homemade turkey pie – made with home made pastry, condensed mushroom soup, sliced red peppers and roast turkey!

  5. Sarah Maclean

    My favourite family recipe is Sausage, Squash and Bean Stew, served with cheesy mash!

  6. Dom

    peas are so brilliant aren’t they? My family favourite is my mums chocolate roulade!.. would love to win this book x

  7. michelle bennett

    My family love shepherds pie with sweet potato and parsnip marsh followed by home made apple and blackberry crumble and lashings of custard!

  8. Glynis

    The cook book looks lovely (as does your frittata). I do like the magazine too – I always think that it’s excellent value.

    The meal we had tonight is a family favourite from an old Sainsbury’s magazine, Barley risotto with chorizo. So easy to make and always delicious!

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  9. Suelle

    One of our favourite main course recipes is for a Lamb, Black Bean and Beer Chilli.

    It’s very unusual for me to follow recipes for this kind of dish; even when I start out with a recipe, it often gets adapted to take account of various likes and dislikes, and availability of ingredients.

  10. Sandra Clarke

    I always do a giant trifle when the family come to tea in the dish I inherited from my Dad who used to make super trifles.

  11. Gill Bland

    It’s often the supermarket or good housekeeping cookbooks that are so reliable. My mum has a sainsburys birthday cake book that saw us through many a birthday cake. We also relied heavily on a ladybird cookbook. My favourite family recipe though is my mum’s fish pie. Yes it uses “fish sticks” and frozen prawns but it is tasty, comforting and thrifty

  12. Azra Dedic

    Our family fave is balsamic lamb shanks! They taste amazing, and go down great with a glass of red wine!

  13. Lucy Mayer

    We love Jamie Oliver’s aubergine lasagne – absolutely brilliant – I’ve never seen my friends enjoy a vegetarian meal quite as much as this one!

  14. Tracey Peach

    My home made stew goes down really well & easy to just chuck everything in one pot so I love it too!

  15. Stephanie Tsang

    Yum that looks delicious. Our favourite family recipe is Gyoza with stir fried noodles.

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  17. Annie Costa

    My family’s favorite meal is a Greek dish called Kleftiko,which is a slow cooked shoulder of lamb.Absolutely delish!

  18. Charlotte Clark

    yum looks great! 🙂

    My mum always cooked spinach and cheese lasagne as a great family meal, love it now and cook it loads

  19. Marina Frow

    I am only just starting to enjoy cooking so would love to win, currently I love making a spicy cottage pie for my family.

  20. Jane Watts

    A family favourite would be risotto – preferably with peas, sweetcorn and mushrooms

  21. Rachael G

    We have loved homemade pizza for ages now, but I have recently amended the recipe slightly to make calzone and it’s a nice change to have one of those instead!

  22. Joanna Smith

    Oh and my family’s favourite is my home-made fish pies which I also make with peas (and egg!)

  23. Wendy Smith

    I enjoy shopping at Sainsbury’s & looking at your Frittata the Cookbook would be a definite asset to my collection.

  24. C Parkin

    We love lentils with bacon.

    Grill 4 rashers of bacon. Cut into small bits and put to one side.
    Fry a chopped whole onion in a pan til golden, add 2 of the chopped bacon rashers to the pan. Add a cup of puy lentils to the pan, then add water to the pan so the ingredients are just covered. Bring the pan to the boil and simmer for 20 mins. Stir in a tbsp balsamic vinegar, the rest of the bacon and a handful of cherry tomatos. Serve with crusty bread.

  25. Sarah Ballantyne

    The kids favourite meal is chicken strips dipped in egg then a mix of breadcrumbs and parmesan, grilled and served with wedges plus tomatoes and peas from the garden. We enjoy that too but really love beef massaman curry.

  26. Bohdan Kuczynski

    One of our favourite recipes is a full on fishpie, comforting at anytime of the year, nice and creamy mash with a cheesy sauce and white fish, seafood and some smoked fish tossed in there as well. yum

  27. Gilla01

    Never made frittata, looked at the recipes, but as I like my omelettes rather runny I didn’t think I’d like it. I like ordinary, cheese bacon and tomato, omelettes.

  28. phillippa lee

    My Mum used to make a giant Bread Pudding filled with raisins, eggs, milk and soft white bread. We would take some to school, have it for tea and then for supper!!

  29. Faye Huntington

    My family’s favourite recipe is Christmas fruit cake!! We all get together to perfect the cake before serving it up on Boxing Day to our relatives! With love, Faye xx

  30. Robyn Logan Clarke

    Your frittata looks divine! Our favourite dish is bobotie, its a traditional South African dish and absolutely delicious!

  31. Annamarie Riddiford

    That does look delicious. I love roast chicken dinner, it’s the best thing I cook and although it’s simple, it’s made loads better by the addition of my HM bread sauce which is delicious. I always have bread sauce with poultry now. xx

  32. Louise A

    I seem to have perfected crispy chicken, either flavoured with loads of herbs or simply plain, served with potatoes and lots of vegetables!

  33. Sam Furniss

    My family favourite is a chicken, bacon, green bean and muchroom pasta bake, you can eat it hot or cold and is delicious.


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