Falling in Love with Peas
Mixing peas in other foods like mashed potatoes helped to mask the flavor and the texture, which I wasn't too keen on. Yet, it wasn't until my grandmother came to live with us that I started my love affair with peas. She made a pasta dish with pancetta and cream sauce and then mixed the peas in. What a surprise, and how wonderful for me that the peas were already hidden in between swirls of linguine!
Try my Low-Fat Spaghetti Carbonara Pasta with Peas
As I wrapped my pasta around my fork, capturing the tiny green morsels coated with a delicate, light cream sauce, I couldn't wait to try it! The sweet taste of the peas as they would burst in your mouth along with the crunch from the pancetta and the creamy goodness from the sauce was simply amazing! No longer did I fear the pea. In fact, they made the dish.
My grandmother had other ways to prepare them, including my favorites, peas with onions, fresh tomatoes and prosciutto, fresh homemade pea soup made with bits of caramelized baked ham and tomato sauce with peas!
Discover more ideas for cooking with peas
When buying fresh garden peas, look for ones with pods that are firm and smooth and have a beautiful medium-green color. It's best to use fresh peas the day you buy them, but if you can't, then refrigerate them as quickly as possible in order to preserve their sugar content. Don't wash them or take them out of their pods if storing; instead, place them in unsealed container, and they will keep for four to five days. If you like, you can blanch them for two minutes and then store them in the freezer!
Here are some ideas using fresh or frozen peas:
- Grilled salmon with pea puree
- Creamy pea soup with garlic croutons, served hot or cold
- Guacamole made with peas instead of avocado
- Chicken salad with fresh peas
- Spaghetti carbonara with peas
- Fresh tomato sauce with peas on top
- Crab salad with cucumbers and peas
- Pea ice cream (I'm not kidding!)
Of course, don't forget to try my recipe for Pasta Pisello with Garden Peas in a delicate cream sauce that's slightly different from my Nona's. I think you will love it!
Sending a big bowl of love,