Give 'Peas' A Chance! 11 Yummy Ways To Celebrate The Spring Veggie

Give 'Peas'  A Chance! 11 Yummy Ways To Celebrate The Spring Veggie

The epitome of spring, peas make a vibrant, fresh and downright tasty addition to your spring dishes. Use them in sides, main courses or even appetizers!

10 Pleasing Pea Recipes:

Minted Snow Peas

Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas, Aspargaus and Parmesan

Au Gratin Peas

Side Splitting Split Pea Soup

Artichokes Braised With Green Onions and Sugar Snap Peas

Thai Fried Rice

Green Peas Williamsburg

English Pea & Crab Salad

Asian Stir Fry with Spring Peas

Spicy Scallop Stir Fry with Snap Peas

Snow peas, snap peas, and tiny baby peas are a sure sign that spring is upon us. Technically a legume, peas are found in the pods of the plant and are can removed to be eaten or left in the pods. Peas are planted in cool weather and actually come to maturity in lower temperatures. Most pea plants won't survive the heat of high summer in any climate.

Most commonly served as a side dish, peas make an excellent addition to pastas, salads and stir-fry's they are delicious fresh and frozen. So why not celebrate the bounty of spring with some delicious and nutritious pea recipes.

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Pasta, Peas and Prosciutto

I love this quick and easy recipe. It has carbs, vegetables, dairy and meat. Add a salad and you have a complete meal. While it is not that diet friendly it is a dish you can treat yourself, friends and family with, once in awhile.

Ingredients

3/4 lb. prosciutto, diced
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic, minced fine
3/4 lb. linguine, cooked and drained
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1/3 C. chicken broth
2 Tbs. butter
1/2 C. parmesan cheese
1 C. frozen peas
Italian parsley, for garnish

Directions

Sauté prosciutto in butter and olive oil about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes on low then remove from heat. Cook linguine in large pot with salt, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth and Parmesan cheese in the prosciutto. Add peas and bring to a simmer. Allow to thicken about 4 minutes. Add pasta and simmer to heat.

Plate as shown and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

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