ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Peas and Pea Shoots with Spring Onions and Mint

Paul Costello
Active time 20 mins
Yield 8
"Come March, it's no longer possible to be inspired by root vegetables," says chef Mike Lata of Fig in Charleston, South Carolina. "You've done everything you can." When spring finally arrives, he uses delicate peas and pea shoots to make this simple side dish. "Cooking in the spring is like make-up sex after the bitter fight with winter," he says.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (4 cups) frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 (3 cups) medium spring onions (bulbing), sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups lightly packed tender pea shoots or small watercress sprigs
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the peas until they are just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain.

  2. In the same saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and a pinch of salt, cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in the peas, cover and cook until heated through, 1 minute. Stir in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove from the heat and stir in the pea shoots until wilted. Stir in the mint, season with salt and pepper and serve.