Sweet peas might be the one vegetable that’s just as good (if not sometimes better) frozen as fresh. Sure, you can add peas to any dish—from pasta to risotto to curries to stews—but here are six ways to use them that will really let them shine during their peak season.
1. Soups. Sweet peas springify any soup: Use them in place of starchy split peas in a pureed soup with ham, or add them to minestrone instead of beans. Or practice to root-to-stalk (pod-to-pea?) cooking and make a delicate broth with the pea pods.
2. Salads. Speaking of root-to-stalk, team up peas with their tender, delicious greens and shoots when you can find them.