Smooth, creamy, and classic creamed peas cooked in a buttery roux aren’t just for the holidays at grandma’s house.
Cream Peas Recipe
There’s a story my mom tells of the first time she enjoyed dinner with my dad’s parents. My grandmother served cream peas and my mom had never had them before that day.
She loved them. She made sure to tell my grandmother how much she enjoyed them and as a result, my grandmother proceeded to make them again and again and again over the years.
I’ll give you one guess who does not care all too much for creamed peas now. Apparently, you really can get too much of a good thing.
Frozen peas or fresh peas may be used to make this recipe. While fresh vegetables are my first choice for many recipes, for this creamed peas recipe I always use frozen.
There’s also the added convenience of the fact that frozen peas tend to be more accessible most of the time.
Even though they are no longer my mom’s favorite, she does still make peas in cream sauce for special occasions. Fortunately, they are so easy to make, I serve them frequently as a weeknight side dish.
You simply can’t beat a delicious warm side dish that comes together in minutes.
Creamed Peas Recipe
Creamed peas are a super easy recipe to scale up or down. Considering the roux base is equal parts butter and flour, the ingredients stay very consistent and you can add or scale back the milk as needed for just the right consistency.
- all purpose flour
- frozen peas
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
To make this recipe for creamed peas, start by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
Add the milk and continue cooking over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the sauce has thickened.
Add the peas and to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring until the peas are heated through, about 3 minutes more.
If the sauce is too thick, gradually stir in more milk until it becomes your desired consistency. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, as needed.
Recipes for Peas
Peas are a nostalgic vegetable to me. Not only because of my mom’s story but they just have that feeling of a simpler time to me. With so much flavor of their own, it is easy and fun to serve them on their own or build a dish around them.
Creamy pasta with chunks of savory ham and tender sweet peas come together in less than 30 minutes for this pasta night favorite.
Creamed peas and potatoes is a delicious side dish that is wonderfully simple to make. The tender pop of English peas adds a wonderful texture to the softness of baby potatoes in this recipe.
The irresistible combination of vibrant peas, crispy bacon, and savory cheese complemented by a luscious creamy dressing, creates a perfect harmony of flavors in this Pea Pasta Salad.
- ¼ cup butter
- 2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 16 ounces frozen peas about 4 cups
- ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
- Add the milk and continue cooking over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the sauce has thickened.
- Add the peas and to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring until the peas are heated through, about 3 minutes more.
- If the sauce is too thick, gradually stir in more milk until it becomes your desired consistency. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, as needed.