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What to do with lots of peas? These 17 delicious pea recipes are absolutely perfect to turn fresh or frozen peas into vibrant, healthy, and convenient meals for the entire family!
Peas are absolutely a must in our weekly rotation, and these easy clever pea recipes help you to make the most of these versatile little green gems. From amazing pasta dishes to creamy soups, from purees to quick salads, peas make a delicious healthy addition to your dishes all year round.
True to be told, peas are not vegetables, but they are part of the legume family, which includes lentils, chickpeas, and beans. Whether fresh, frozen, and even canned, peas are are healthy, high in protein, and super convenient!
ARE GREEN PEAS GOOD FOR YOU?
Peas have a remarkable nutrition profile, they’re low on calories and are rich in vitamins, protein, fiber and antioxidants.
ARE FROZEN PEAS HEALTHY?
Nutritionally, there’s not much difference between frozen and fresh peas, this make frozen peas a convenient healthy alternative when fresh peas are not in season.
This pea soup with frozen peas and potatoes is thick, comforting, vegan, and it will be on the table in less than 20 minutes. It’s also full of nutrients and toddler-approved.
It’s so easy to turn frozen peas and carrots into a classic delicious side dish loved by everyone. It’s vegan, versatile, yummy and perfect as a quick meal, too.
This Italian pasta with peas is one of my favorite pea recipes! It’s a simple one-pot dinner recipe that uses minimal ingredients and makes a perfect weeknight meal ready in 15 minutes .
These crispy crostini with ricotta and peas make a delicious canapé full of fresh flavor and with a lovely texture. The perfect vegetarian appetizer or snack ready in minutes!
Pea puree is loved for the vibrant splash of colour it adds to a plate and makes one of the best green pea side dish recipes. The sweet flavour pairs so well with almost any protein!
How to make frozen peas taste better? This pea salad with bacon recipe with the most delicious chipotle dressing is packed with flavor with a fun twist on this southern American classic.
What pair well with peas? Poached eggs for sure! This mashed peas with a hint of feta cheese is irresistible on toast with a soft runny egg.
Only 3 ingredients for this delicious asparagus and pea saute! Use on pizza or in soup, or just enjoy it on its own.
Creamy, healthy hummus infused with green curry spices, citrus, and herbs, it pairs perfectly with gluten-free crackers, pita, chips, or vegetables.
How to make pea salad from frozen peas? it’s easy, this recipe combined cooked frozen peas, potatoes and soft boiled eggs with a flavorsome mustard dressing.
This creamy pea and asparagus pasta is easy, elegant and delicious. A light recipe perfect for a last minute spring gathering!
This healthy pesto pasta combines homemade vegan pesto, peas, asparagus and artichokes. A perfect one-pot weeknight meal!
This delicious risotto features peas, asparagus, lemon and parsley, it’s baked in the oven and requires minimal stirring.
I love these pea recipes, especially this lemony green pasta that tastes as bright as it looks! It’s easy to make with kale, pasta, and peas, they all cook in the same pot!
This 30-minute pea pesto pasta is vegan, gluten-free, and tossed with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. A hearty, flavorful plant-based meal or side.
This pancetta and pea pasta is a quick and delicious weeknight dinner recipe. It can be on your table in less than 30 minutes!
There’s lots of hidden greens in this pea, zucchini and pesto orzo. It’s a complete meal and only takes 15 minutes to make.
We love peas because are extremely versatile and can accompany many meals as a side dish, they can be added to pasta and rice dishes, they make creamy soups and are easily used in salads.
They’re also inexpensive, definitely an added bonus if you cook on a budget.
MORE BUDGET-FRIENDLY FAMILY RECIPES?
If you love these nourishing and inexpensive recipes, check out these brilliant meal ideas featuring cheap pantry essentials:
- Pasta e fagioli (Italian pasta & beans)
- Pasta e ceci (Italian pasta & chickpeas)
- Italian pasta & peas
- Spicy red lentil soup
- Mediterranean chickpea soup
I hope that a few of these fresh and frozen pea recipes will be part of your weekly dinner rotation. And let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you x
Pea Recipes: 17 Easy Delicious Ideas
- 1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 lb (450 grams) peas, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups vegetable broth or hot water
- ½ lb (220 grams) short shaped pasta
- salt & pepper to taste
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more to serve
- Warm the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the peas and cook stirring frequently about 1 minute.
- Then add vegetable broth (or water), raise the heat, bring to a boil and stir in pasta and salt (I use 1 tsp of salt and then I adjust the seasoning at the end). You might need to add or to reduce the amount of water according to the type of pasta.
- Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and cook your pasta in the starchy water. During the cooking time, you need to stir often until the water is absorbed, otherwise, it will stick to the bottom. The water should barely cover the pasta, but it's fine, add extra water gradually only if needed.
- Cook until ready but firm to the bite. Turn off the heat and stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese until melted. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil, black pepper, and extra parmesan cheese if you like. Enjoy!