Slideshow: 16 Sweet Pea Recipes We Love

Spicy Orecchiette With Tuna, Peas, and Lemon
Spicy Orecchiette With Tuna, Peas, and Lemon

Orecchiette—Italian for "little ears"—cup high-quality canned tuna in this fiery recipe, while peas add a little brightness.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Risotto with Spring Peas, Ham, and Fontina Cheese
Risotto with Spring Peas, Ham, and Fontina Cheese

Using Fontina instead of Parmesan makes this simple risotto extra creamy. Frozen peas will work, but now that we have access to fresh peas it will be even better.

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[Photograph: Deborah Mele]

Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas, with Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette
Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas, with Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette

It's hard to find a better representation of spring than this beautiful green salad. Whatever green vegetables you can find get blanched and shocked in ice water, dressed with a simple vinaigrette, and topped with a poached egg.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Pickled Spring Peas
Pickled Spring Peas

These pickled peas are wonderful because they lose none of their pea essence in the pickling process. Instead, they just gain a vivid tartness. Use them in pasta or to garnish soup.

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[Photograph: Marisa McClellan]

Basmati Rice and Pea Pilaf (Peas Pulao)
Basmati Rice and Pea Pilaf (Peas Pulao)

In this pilaf, basmati rice is flavored with cloves, cinnamon, green chilies, and cumin powder. The peas add contrast with delicious bursts of sweetness.

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[Photograph: Denise D'silva Sankhe]

Seared Cod with Peas, Pancetta, and Wilted Lettuce
Seared Cod with Peas, Pancetta, and Wilted Lettuce

Petits Pois à la Française is a classic, if unusual, dish. It features ham or bacon and peas—sometimes cooked with onions, stock, or cream. But it's always accentuated with that one ingredient that makes it "à la française": lettuce. It may sound crazy, but it's so good

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Potato and Pea Curry with Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger
Potato and Pea Curry with Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger

This recipe pairs the peas and potatoes with cumin, yogurt, ginger, cayenne, coriander, and a little bit of asafetida—dried and powdered tree resin that is one of the most distinct South Indian flavors.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables
Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables

Grits practically beg to be topped with a saucy accompaniment, something that'll ooze extra flavor. This is exceedingly easy to do in the spring, when sweet, tender green vegetables are at their finest.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Make-Ahead Pea Soup with Shallot, Lemon, and Parmesan
Make-Ahead Pea Soup with Shallot, Lemon, and Parmesan

Not to be confused with the thick-as-fog, sits-in-your-stomach-like-a-brick winter-time version, this pea soup is subtle and light, fragrant with lemon and mint. If you're not serving it right away, immediately cool it over an ice bath to preserve the color.

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[Photograph: Suzanne Lehrer]

Potato and Pea Curry (Aloo Matar)
Potato and Pea Curry (Aloo Matar)

This Indian dish features a mixture of potatoes and peas. It's comforting, filling, and completely vegetarian.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds
Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

The key to making this recipe work is getting the freshest peas and cooking them correctly. Perfectly cooked peas should have tight, smooth skins that pop under pressure from your tongue, filling your mouth with their intensely sweet flavor.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Pasta Salad with Peas and Pesto
Pasta Salad with Peas and Pesto

Fresh herb pesto makes a flavorful dressing for a springy pasta salad studded with green peas. Chopped walnuts add delicious crunch and fresh lemon juice brightens it up.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]