14 Recipes with Peas

Peas and Pea Shoots with Spring Onions and Mint
Photo: © Paul Costello

From creamy chilled spring pea soup to pea-and-bacon risotto, here are beautiful pea recipes.

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Chilled Spring Pea Soup

Chilled Spring Pea Soup
Quentin Bacon

Daniel Boulud's deliciously light and clean-tasting soup — a mix of sweet peas, favas, pea shoots, snap peas and snow peas — is on the menu each spring at his Café Boulud in New York City. An easier method is to skip the labor-intensive fresh favas, as well as the snow peas and pea shoots. Instead, just use sugar snaps and frozen baby peas.

02 of 17

Pea-and-Bacon Risotto

Pea-and-Bacon Risotto. Photo © Petrina Tinslay
© Petrina Tinslay

At Tom Colicchio's Craft in New York City, chef de cuisine James Tracey adds bacon and Parmigiano cheese to his sweet pea risotto.

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Peas and Pea Shoots with Spring Onions and Mint

Peas and Pea Shoots with Spring Onions and Mint

"Come March, it's no longer possible to be inspired by root vegetables," says chef Mike Lata. "You've done everything you can." When spring finally arrives, he uses delicate peas and pea shoots to make this simple side dish. "Cooking in the spring is like make-up sex after the bitter fight with winter," he says.

04 of 17

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas

This chicken dish is elegant enough for entertaining and easy enough for a simple weeknight dinner.

05 of 17

Hare Mutter Ki Samosas (Green Pea Samosas)

Green Pea Samosas (Hare Mutter Ki Samosa)
© Marcus Nilsson

Sanjeev Chopra has advice for filling his delightful vegetarian samosas: "Mash the peas, but not too finely; you want little pieces, for texture." He makes his own buttery dough, but frozen empanada wrappers, widely available in supermarkets, are an excellent substitute.

06 of 17

Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread

Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread. Photo © David Malosh
© David Malosh

As a dairy-free alternative to creamy dips, the recipe here calls for pureeing sweet peas with scallions, ginger, and jalapeño, then seasoning the mix with yellow miso. Serve the spread with different kinds of crackers and breads or sugar snap peas and celery for dipping.

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Spring Peas with Mint

Spring Peas with Mint
© John Kernick

Vinegary dishes and wine can be a terrible combination. But the sharp chopped red onion Mark Ladner tosses with these tangy peas makes the recipe delicious with a lightly tannic red.

08 of 17

Sugar Snap Peas with Soffrito, Hot Pepper, and Mint

Sugar Snap Peas with Soffrito, Hot Pepper and Mint

"It's hard to improve upon a perfect sugar snap pea," says chef Travis Lett. "The question for the chef is, how do you not screw it up?" Lett's answer is to keep things simple by cooking the sweet peas with fresh mint, crushed red pepper, and soffrito (an aromatic Italian mix of sautéed minced vegetables, usually used to flavor soups and sauces).

09 of 17

Burrata with Speck, Peas and Mint

Burrata with Speck, Peas and Mint
© David Malosh

Nancy Silverton is a master of deliberate simplicity, and this dish is no exception. Though it's not strictly a spring dish (she notes that frozen or fresh peas can be used), that's the feeling the meld of lavishly creamy cheese, pungent mint, tender peas, and smoky speck evokes. A no-fuss dressing of lemon juice and olive oil, along with salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of freshly-grated Parmesan, offers harmonious balance in every last bite.

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Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

Baby Peas with Bacon and Crispy Leeks

Former F&W Editor Grace Parisi uses boxes of frozen baby peas so this recipe is ripe for when large leeks are at their peak. Thick-cut bacon and thyme sprigs round out the flavorful bowl full of texture.

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Pea Consommé with Mint

Pea Consommé with Mint

This delicate broth is full of vitamin C, thanks to the pea pods Jeremy Fox simmers. He tops the consommé with shards of white chocolate because he likes the way it brings out the peas' sweetness while adding only a little fat.

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Orecchiette with Pancetta, Peas, and Fresh Herbs

Orecchiette with Pancetta, Peas and Fresh Herbs

Grace Parisi gives pasta an earthy preparation, complementing savory pancetta and peas with chives, parsley, and mint.

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Spinach-and-Green-Pea Empanadas

Spinach-and-Green-Pea Empanadas
Fredrika Stjärne

Mauricio Couly uses a mix of spinach, fava beans, green beans, and a good amount of mint. He makes his own paprika-spiced empanada dough; store-bought empanada wrappers (available in the freezer section of many supermarkets and specialty food stores) work well, too.

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Penne with Asparagus, Sage, and Peas

Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas
© Tina Rupp

For a simple spring dish, chef Cindy Pawlcyn folds penne with asparagus and sweet English peas, then adds a little cream for richness.

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Spring Pea Falafel with Marinated Radishes and Minted Yogurt

Spring pea falafel with radishes and minted yogurt
© Ellie Miller

Instead of deep-frying the falafel patties, Nicki Reiss sautés them in a lightly oiled pan. And she serves them with a low-fat yogurt sauce instead of the usual rich sesame-based tahini.

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Arugula-and-Frisée Salad with Peas, Pistachios and Pecorino

Arugula-and-Frisée Salad with Peas, Pistachios and Pecorino
© John Kernick

The bright spring flavors of peas and mint convey energy. Adding salty roasted pistachios and shavings of Pecorino Romano cheese to the salad give it a great nuttiness.

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Peas and Carrots with Two Onions

Peas and Carrots with Two Onions
© Frances Janisch

This delicious old-fashioned dish features peas and carrots in a lightly thickened, buttery thyme-infused sauce.

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