Pass the Peas Please — 5 Super Simple, Light And Sensational Spring Recipes

Written by on April 21, 2018 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments

Anna Williams

By Alison Milam | Food Network

Who are we kidding? You probably aren't on the edge of your seat waiting for peas to come in season. That's because, as far as frozen fare goes, peas are the king, requiring little defrosting before you can toss them into a dish and start eating. Still, even if that lifestyle works for the rest of the year, springtime is the time to get your fresh pea fix. In the spirit of the season, we've got quite a few ways for you to put these little green gems to use. Most of these recipes call for the frozen alternative, but you can make your dishes worthy of springtime by swapping in the fresh stuff to your heart's content.

When a need for pasta salad arises, Ina Garten's  Pasta, Pesto and Peas (pictured above) is the freshest way you can make it. Toss the pasta with homemade pesto and be sure to swap in fresh peas for frozen for that extra pop.

Just like a vibrant green basil pesto mixed in your food processor, Giada De Laurentiis' top-rated Pea Pesto Crostini is a colorful dish that gets its green hue from blended peas. Using market-fresh peas instead of the frozen bag will ensure a more flavorful and fresh spread for slathering on toasted bread.

Taking only 30 minutes, our  Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas is a weeknight dream. With a package of potato gnocchi on your side, you can make a hearty, comforting skillet dinner that is even better when fresh peas are thrown in the mix.

For more reasons than pure alliteration,  Peas and Pancetta simply go together. Michael Symon's recipe for Food Network Magazine calls for shelled fresh peas from the get-go, and it gets major flavor from shallots, garlic, orange zest and Italian bacon.

Food Network Magazine's  Creamy Spring Peas with Pancetta dish is a true trifecta, tossing fresh shelled English peas, sugar snap peas and snow peas for the ultimate crunchy yet creamy green veggie side.

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