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20 Pea Recipes That Make Tasty Meals

Try these pea recipes for meals that are full of flavor!

And there are so many insanely simple recipes here, including one that uses only four ingredients! 

Pasta with Green Peas in a Plate
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20 Recipes You Can Make with Frozen Peas

Peas are a fantastic and colorful addition to so many meals.

And that includes farm fresh and recipes with frozen peas.

The flavor is mild, so it won’t distract from the main event. But when done right, they can also be the main event.

So no matter what you’re in the mood for, I know you’ll love these tasty pea recipes.

1. Pea, Zucchini and Pesto Orzo (Risoni)

Though it looks a lot like rice, orzo is actually a tiny pasta. However, don’t let its minuscule size fool you. This pesto orzo dinner is packed with flavor. 

Between the basil pesto, garlic, onions, zucchini, peas, and other ingredients, there’s not much this pasta doesn’t have.

And it only takes 15 minutes to prepare and cook! 

If you’re looking for something quick and flavorful, give this one a try. 

2. Peas with Lemon

Looking for a zesty, delicious side dish that only takes 5 minutes to whip up? Peas with lemon are just the thing. 

The dish takes traditional green peas and adds garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, oil, and butter, giving them an even more wonderful flavor than they already have. 

3. Pancetta and Pea Pasta

With tender pasta, creamy, garlicky sauce, and plenty of parmesan cheese, the peas and pancetta in this pasta are just afterthoughts. 

This pasta dish requires only eight ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make, so it’s the perfect light lunch option or a simple side dish for dinner.

4. Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Arugula (Vegan + GF)

If you’re in the mood for something a bit heartier, this pea pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula could be just the thing. 

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It’s quick to make, looks as lovely as it tastes, and is also vegan-friendly and gluten-free. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

5. Lemony Green Pasta with Peas & Ricotta

If Dr. Seuss had written a book about pasta instead of proteins, he would’ve written it about this one.

It’s vibrantly green with kale, peas, and more. 

It has a bright lemon and garlic flavor enhanced with parmesan and ricotta cheeses. It also has a superb texture from all the different ingredients. 

6. Creamy Asparagus and Pea Soup

This asparagus and pea soup recipe is creamy, earthy, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

It has a mild, unassuming flavor but is still quite good. 

Plus, you’ll “jazz it up” a little with the homemade garlic-herb croutons, which require only two ingredients (bread and olive oil) and plenty of your favorite herbs. 

They’re crispy and 100% delectable. 

7. Spring Risotto with Asparagus & Peas

Whether you’re looking for a main course or a side dish, this yummy, 45-minute risotto recipe will work.

It’s vegetarian-friendly and has a delightfully creamy texture and a light, tantalizing flavor. 

It may not be the prettiest meal on the table, but you won’t have to worry about any leftovers, either. 

8. 4-Ingredient Pea Dip

This 4-ingredient pea dip looks like a thicker, creamier pea soup, but the taste is fresher and has more garlic.

Its consistency will remind you of hummus, but the flavor is unique. 

Serve it with veggies, toasted pita bread, or (my guilty pleasure) pretzel crisps. 

9. Green Pea Curry Hummus

Of course, if you prefer actual hummus to dip with a hummus-like consistency, there’s a green pea-based recipe for that, too! 

It’s thick, velvety smooth, and has a terrifically fresh flavor that’ll have you dreaming of a vacation in Thailand with just one bite. 

10. Potato Salad with Peas and Mint

If you have ten easily found ingredients and 50 spare minutes, you can have this chunky, creamy-sauced potato salad ready to serve. 

It has a bright, tangy taste with an underlying sweetness from the honey and baby peas, and the fresh mint adds a whole other depth of flavor that knocks it right out of the park. 

Take this potato salad to your next neighborhood barbecue, and your neighbors will have you on potato salad duty from now on. 

11. Sugar Snap Pea Salad

If you’ve never had sugar snap peas, just know they’re incredible.

They have a wonderful crunchiness and a hard-to-describe flavor that’s less earthy and pea-like than most peas. 

And this is one of my go-to sugar snap pea recipes!

Combine them with white beans, dill, and a lemon-Dijon-garlic dressing, and you’ll have a crisp, zesty salad that’s downright delicious. 

12. Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smashed Peas

You can also incorporate peas into a meat-based dish that’s good for the whole family.

For this one, you’ll need chicken thighs, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, and olive oil. 

As for the peas, you’ll make them with garlic, Pecorino Romano cheese, oil, lemons, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, dill, and mint leaves. 

The chicken’s skin is so crispy, you won’t even dream of removing it for “health reasons,” and the bed of peas is tender, cheesy, and garlicky. 

13. Green Pea Soup with Chive Flowers

Here’s another excellent recipe for pea soup.

This one isn’t as thick as the one above, but it has a lovely taste that features a bit of kick, thanks to the wasabi paste. 

The chive flowers add a splash of color and elegance, and yes, they are absolutely edible. 

14. Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

All you’ll need for this quick, 15-minute side dish is butter, shallots, asparagus, frozen peas, salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of honey.

(Don’t leave that out. It makes all the difference!)

Despite the honey, the dish isn’t sweet.

It tastes like buttery asparagus and peas, but the honey does add a little extra oomph that sets this veggie dish apart from others. 

15. Lemon-Y Smashed Pea Toasts

For this recipe, you’ll basically take a homemade pea-based hummus and spread it over toast.

It’s unbelievably simple, and you’ll be surprised at just how fantastic it really is. 

16. Bacon Pea Salad

Question: How do you get kids (and some adults) who are anti-vegetable to eat more peas? 

Answer: Load them down with bacon and cheese!

This bacon pea salad may not be the healthiest way to enjoy green peas, but you won’t hear any complaints about that from me. 

17. Carrots and Peas

Peas and carrots have always been a popular veggie combo.

Anyone who’s ever watched Forrest Gump or visited the canned veggie aisle at the supermarket can tell you that. 

But why waste money on preservative-heavy canned stuff when you can make your own peas and carrots at home from fresh (or frozen) peas, an onion, and a few carrots? 

The homemade version is heartier, healthier, more buttery, and just tastes better, too. 

18. Sweet Pea Ham Quiche

This sweet pea ham quiche features a buttery, crumbly crust and an equally buttery, fluffy filling of ham, peas, eggs, cheese, and more. 

It makes a phenomenal breakfast quiche, so you can work more veggies into every meal of the day, but it also works well for lunch or dinner. 

19. Spring Pea and Onion Gluten-Free Noodle Bowls

In just 25 minutes, you can whip up two of these scrumptious, gluten-free noodle bowls that rival anything you got from your local Asian-themed restaurant. 

You can even make it vegetarian-friendly if you leave out the meat.

I have several vegetarian friends, so I’ve made it that way several times, and honestly, it doesn’t lose much of its flavor.

Still, if you enjoy a bit of umami goodness in your meals, leave it in.

20. Seared Scallops with Pea & Mint Puree

Since you can whip up this scallop and pea dish in just 20 minutes, I could easily write the great things about it for longer than it would take to cook it! 


To boot, this dish is Whole30-compliant, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and relatively low-carb! 

Plus, it tastes incredible. The scallops are firm and have a fantastic caramelized coating that’s simply drool-worthy.

And the pea and mint puree is fresh and complements them flawlessly.

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With these pea recipes in your back pocket, you’ll never run out of tasty meal ideas! From pasta to soup to salad, peas are the perfect addition to any menu.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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