Peas are a vastly underrated vegetable. They’re incredibly versatile and easy to cook, and since they can come tinned, fresh, or frozen, they’re the perfect vegetable to always have on hand.
If you’ve got some peas to use up, take a look at these delicious pea recipes to find out what dishes can be made from peas that aren’t dull and tasteless!
These 21 fresh pea recipes will show you exactly how useful green peas are, and you’ll be making all of them in no time.
Soon, you’ll be giving other people recipes with green peas to spread the green pea love!
1. Split Pea Soup
Split pea soup is a delicious, homely, and warming meal that you can enjoy for a nice lunch, or with croutons or fresh bread for a more filling dinner.
The soup consists of olive oil, yellow onion, celery, carrots, garlic, chicken broth, water, dried split peas, bay leaves, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, and a ham bone.
The ham adds an extra level of flavour, but for vegetarians or those unable to source a ham bone, it can be left out of the recipe.
If you have any leftovers, they’re completely safe to reheat. You can keep your leftover split pea soup in the fridge and reheat it when you’re ready.
2. Classic Pea Salad
If you’re looking for a pea recipes side dish, this is just that. This tasty and super easy-to-make classic pea salad is ideal for a side dish, or for a healthy light lunch in the summer.
It is great for dinner parties and BBQs and can be prepped very quickly.
To make the pea salad you will need peas, bacon, cheese, onion, and a salad dressing of your choosing, whether that’s ranch dressing, a dash of balsamic vinegar, or a drizzle of sweet chilli! Even something as plain as mayonnaise would go well on this salad.
3. Pea Puree
This green peas recipe makes an incredibly tasty sauce or side dish for any meal. Pea puree is a great way to level up your meal a little, making it look that little bit fancier.
Many Michelin star chefs use pea puree to dress their plates, rather than letting a pool of peas roll around a plate or bowl.
Pea puree is super easy to make, you simply have to cook up your peas, and then combine them with butter, stock, a shallot, garlic and a blender!
The result is delightful, and goes really well with lamb, especially for a roast. You can also add a sprig of mint to the recipe, which makes the puree even tastier with lamb.
4. Pea Risotto
Who doesn’t love a good risotto? It is one of the easiest ways to make peas taste good, and is a great way to get little ones to eat peas even if they’re adamant that they don’t like them.
This pea risotto recipe will take you around 20 minutes to prep, and about 40 minutes to cook.
The end result of this recipe is a very green, creamy, and tasty risotto that works incredibly as a starter or as a main meal.
If you’d like to add some more flavor to your pea risotto you could add some bacon lardons on top for a little smokiness.
5. Italian Chicken and Peas
Sometimes, simple is good. This well-seasoned chicken and peas is a prime example of that.
The dish is overwhelmingly tasty, with well-cooked, moist chicken and poppable peas all topped with garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and onion powder
Not only is this one of the best tasting frozen pea recipes, but it is also really quick and easy to make!
You’ll be done in 15 minutes, and it simply involves a handful of herbs and spices, chicken, peas, a splash of oil, ghee, and salt! It is the perfect pea recipe for a busy chef.
6. Pea Dip
Nothing beats hummus or salsa and chips, or carrot sticks… Or so you thought. This 4 ingredient pea dip is super easy to make and it is incredibly tasty.
It makes for a great alternative to other dips and is completely vegan! To make the dip, you will need peas, garlic, olive oil, and salt. If you’re a fan of minty peas, you can add some fresh mint in too.
Once made, pair this pea dip with fresh-cut veggies like celery, carrots, and even cucumber, or pair it with your favorite tortilla or potato chips for a healthy, tasty chip dip.
7. Pasta With Peas
Combining peas and pasta is a great way to get your veggies in without having to think too hard about it, and is a great way to get some veggies into your kids’ diets without them even noticing.
This pea and pasta dish is incredibly tasty and colorful – nobody will even pay attention to the peas throughout the dish!
The meal is very easy to make, you simply need oil, onion and garlic, basil, peas, pasta, and parmesan to make a really tasty, quick, and easy dinner that suits the whole family.
8. Pea and Ham Soup
Pea and ham soup is one of the most odd-sounding combinations, and yet it is one of the most commonly used recipes for peas! The soup is creamy, meaty, and packed full of flavor.
It is also an incredible green color that makes the dish look impressive. Plus, the added bonus is, pea and ham soup is deceptively easy to make.
All you need is some butter, onion, potato, pork or ham stock, petit pois, and some ham, and you can easily make yourself a bright green tasty bowl of pea and ham soup within the hour!
9. English Pea Salad
Similar to a standard pea salad, this English pea salad is packed full of flavor and is so easy to make that you’ll start pairing every meal with some kind of pea salad!
This take on a pea salad involves hard-cooked eggs, bacon, red onion, and cheddar cheese mixed together to form this tasty, healthy-ish pea salad.
This pea salad would be the perfect addition to any buffet table at a BBQ or family event, or a great side to light and summery dinner.
10. Italian Peas
Italian cuisine does one thing very well: seasoning. These Italian peas demonstrate that clearly. They are well cooked, well seasoned, and make an incredible side dish for any meaty dish.
Pair these peas with some herby sausages or well-seasoned chicken and you’ll have an entire plate of incredible flavors!
One of the best suggestions to pair this side dish with is “hunters chicken”, a chicken breast with bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce.
The flavours of the chicken and peas work incredibly together, and will keep you full and satisfied!
11. Peas and Bacon
If you find yourself wondering: what can I do with a glut of peas?
Then this is the answer: peas and bacon. Something about the taste of fresh peas and the smokey, saltiness of the bacon just makes an incredibly decadent feeling side dish that actually takes very little prep or cooking!
To make your bacon and peas, crisp up your bacon then fry up some onion, add in frozen peas and your bacon and any herbs you fancy – it is really that easy!
These peas go very well with fries or some kind of mashed potato and meat.
12. Parmesan Peas
Parmesan instantly makes any dish about a thousand times tastier, it’s just a plain fact.
That’s why these parmesan peas are one of the tastiest pea recipes you’ll ever try.
They are incredibly easy to make and can be used just like normal peas, meaning they can go with pretty much any meal as a healthy, tasty side dish.
To make your parmesan peas, you will need canola oil, shallots, peas, double cream, parmesan, salt, and black pepper and you can also add in some mint leaves for a burst of freshness in your peas.
13. Creamed Peas
Creamed peas are one of the most popular pea dishes, and there is a reason why – they’re nice and easy, and they taste great!
Stick some creamed peas on your Thanksgiving table, or on a plate with any roast dinner for a really decadent side dish.
The dish is easy to make, as it is essentially just peas in a creamy, tasty bechamel sauce.
If you don’t want to make your own bechamel sauce by making a roux and adding milk, you can always use a store-bought sauce and just heat it up!
14. Jamaican Rice and Peas
Jamaican Rice and peas is an incredible dishes. It’s so full of flavor that you will never even want to think about making peas any other way!
The peas, rice, and kidney beans in the dish benefit from the tastes of the scallions, onion, garlic, allspice berries, thyme, scotch bonnet, ginger, salt, and coconut milk, soaking up all of the beautiful flavours.
You can eat this dish on its own, or you can add a well seasoned roasted chicken breast to the rice for an extra bit of protein.
Make sure you use complementary seasonings, though, as otherwise, the two flavours will clash.
15. Smashed Peas and Ricotta Cheese
After a vegetarian and gluten-free side dish that uses up your peas? This cheesy, easy pea recipe is for you.
All you need to make smashed peas and ricotta cheese is parsley, peas, lemon, onion, salt and pepper to taste, olive oil, butter, and that all-important ricotta.
This side dish is great with very flavorful Italian meals, as whilst the ricotta is a strong flavour, it is often more subdued than most Italian seasonings, meaning that the dish will taste nice but won’t detract from whatever else is on your plate.
16. Toast with Lemony Pea Mash
We all enjoy avocado toast, right? Well, this is very similar! It’s a very easy breakfast or brunch snack and is one of those dishes that just looks like it was made for your Instagram story.
The crunchy cooked toast and soft mashed peas make for a great combination of textures, and the flavors match wonderfully.
To make the lemony pea mash, you will need garlic, parsley, olive oil, salt, peas, chives, lemon peel, lemon juice, Aleppo pepper, and black pepper.
The flavors of all of the ingredients make for a very satisfying and filling toast dish.
17. Carrots and Peas
Whilst this dish sounds fairly simple, and a little dull, in reality, it is much more than just carrots and peas.
This dish combines two classic vegetables with seasonings, spices, sauces, and butter in order to create a dish full of flavor with soft, perfectly-cooked carrots and peas.
This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving or other similar celebrations and will pair well with most meat dishes or roasted dishes.
To make it, you’ll need honey, salt, pepper, thyme, cumin, chilli, parsley, and chilli as well as your main ingredients and onion and garlic.
18. Green Pea Casserole
Pea recipes really don’t get much simpler than this. This green pea casserole is ideal for a dinner party, as it can be left in the dish and just left for guests to serve up their own.
The casserole is a subtle flavour, but it is incredibly homely and works with most things since the flavours aren’t too overpowering.
To make your casserole, you will need frozen peas, celery, mayo, chopped onion, salt, pepper, and stuffing mix.
The peas and the other ingredients come together, and then you top them with the stuffing mix.
19. Pea, Zucchini, and Pesto Orzo
Arguably the most underrated pasta, orzo works like rice does when paired with flavorful foods, and soaks up all of those flavours.
This pea, zucchini, and pesto orzo do just that. The whole dish is full of flavour, making it feel like a decadent meal, even though it is one that actually takes very little effort.
Pair this orzo with a couple of slices of your favourite garlic bread to add more green and another splash of flavour, and enjoy a warm bowl of tasty Italian flavours!
20. Sweet Pea Ham Quiche
Quiches are ideal for a hot summer’s day. They make a picnic that little bit better and are a great addition to any buffet table. But homemade quiches?
They take it to the next level. This sweet pea and ham quiche is relatively simple to make, but it will easily impress all of your friends at the next summer picnic!
If you’re not a confident pastry-maker, you can buy your own crust from the store, however, making your own does make the quiche that bit more special.
Aside from the crust, you will need butter, ham, sweet peas, eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, cayenne, black pepper, and some grated cheese.
21. Beef and Pea Stew
Something about stew just makes it an incredibly nostalgic dish.
Even if your mom never made stew, it is a dish that instantly takes away any anxiety and just fills you with that warm fuzzy feeling that proper home cooking brings with it.
To make your beef and pea stew, you will need vegetable oil, paprika, salt and pepper, celery, onion, tomato paste, dill, peas, water, and of course, beef.
The flavours from all of this come together to make a stew that is rich and meaty whilst also adding a depth of flavour to the dish.
21 Best Peas Recipes
- 2 ¼ c dried split peas
- 2 quarts cold water
- 1 ½ lbs ham bone
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 pinch dried marjoram
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 potato, diced
- to start off your soup, cover the peas with the water and soak overnight (or, for speedier soup, simmer your peas for 2 minutes and soak for 1 hour). Then, once soaked, you can add in your ham bone, onions, salt, pepper, and marjoram. Bring the pan to boil and simmer for 1 hour and a half, stirring every now and then to keep anything from sticking to the pan.
- After 1 hour and a half, it is time to remove the ham bone. Carefully remove it from the pan and trim the meat off, dicing it and returning it to the soup. Dispose of the ham bone.
- Then add your celery, carrots, and potatoes to the pan. Cook the soup slowly for 30 to 40 minutes. You can tell when the soup is done by checking to see when the vegetables are tender.