This side dish from Andrea Reusing's Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes (Clarkson Potter, 2011) is the essence of summer: emerald green vegetables cooked together briefly, until their flavors just meld. See the recipe for Fresh Peas With Lettuce and Green Garlic ». Todd Coleman
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Along with fava beans and ramps, sweet grean peas mark the beginnings of the bounty of spring produce. Though they go well in virtually any spring vegetarian recipe, they also add a pop of freshness to meaty mains and starchy sides. Buying whole pods? Simply snap into them to extract the seeds. Add morels, mint, and shallots to peas to make a scrumptious side that embodies the freshness of spring. For a light dinner, there’s an endless number of possibilities to add peas in pasta. Pasta primavera is a classic, but you can also throw peas in with shrimp and cranberries to create an amazingly flavorful pasta dish. To go a little off the beaten path, put peas in Pad Thai for a spring twist on the Asian classic. Here are our best recipes to help you use all the peas spring can throw at you.

"Morels

Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot

Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot
"Buckwheat

Buckwheat and Ricotta Gnocchi with Cream, Peas, and Spinach

Buckwheat and Ricotta Gnocchi with Cream, Peas, and Spinach
"Pasta

Pasta Primavera

Sirio Maccioni, the well-known restaurateur of Le Cirque fame, has been acknowledged for creating this dish. Get the recipe for Pasta Primavera »
"Noodles

Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)

Noodles with Peas (Pasta e Piselli)
"Fusilli

Fusilli With Scampi, Cranberry, and Peas

We whipped up this tasty dish during a trip to Venice, using fresh ingredients we found at the local markets. You won’t find Venetian scampi in this country; substitute good-quality baby shrimp. Get the recipe for Fusilli With Scampi, Cranberry, and Peas »
"Spring

Spring Vegetable Stew

Any gently simmered mixture of vegetables is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It’s important to cut the ingredients to the proper size and cook them sequentially, starting with the ones that need longer cooking. Get the recipe for Spring Vegetable Stew »
"Pesto

Pesto Potato Salad

Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Get the recipe for Pesto Potato Salad »
"Springy

Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas

Green garlic, asparagus, and peas brighten this classic Thai street dish with springtime flavors. Out of season, you can substitute scallions for the green garlic. Get the recipe for Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas »
"Dinner

Spring Pea Ravioli with Prosciutto & Pea Shoots

Spring Pea Ravioli with Prosciutto & Pea Shoots
"Cooked

Cooked and Raw Winter Salad

Bacon, parmesan, and pine nuts combine with a medley of cooked and raw vegetables to make a satisfying salad from The Canal House’s Christopher Hirsheimer. Get the recipe for Cooked and Raw Winter Salad »
"Aloo

Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes)

These flavorful mashed potatoes are spiced with mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves, turmeric, and ginger, and mixed with peas. Get the recipe for Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes) »
"Fresh

Fresh Peas With Lettuce and Green Garlic

Fresh Peas With Lettuce and Green Garlic
"The

The Poddington Pea

Peas might seem out of place in a drink, but their vegetal sweetness is perfect for this basil-gin cocktail. Get the recipe for The Poddington Pea
"Indian

Indian Spiced Potato Pastries (Aloo Samose)

With their golden, flaky shells and sweet aroma, Indian samosas are a crowd-pleasing classic. Get the recipe for Indian Spiced Potato Pastries (Aloo Samose) »
"Brown

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette
"Sautéed

Sautéed Cod with Pea Cream

Buttery cod is accented with a creamy pea puree and crushed mustard seeds in this light, bright dish. Get the recipe for Sautéed Cod with Pea Cream »
"Sweet

Sweet Pea Gnocchi

Sweet Pea Gnocchi
"Peas

Peas with Orange and Mint

Fresh orange juice and plenty of mint enliven ordinary frozen peas. Get the recipe for Peas with Orange and Mint »

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