5 from 3 votes
Peas with Onions (and Bacon)
Peas with Onions (and Bacon)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Make with bacon for meat lovers, or without for vegans/vegetarians
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon, peas and onions, vegetarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Cooking with Mamma C
Ingredients
  • 5 strips bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces (optional)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (if using bacon, only use 1 tablespoon olive oil)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion or 2 medium onions (yellow or white, sliced)
  • 1 16-ounces package frozen baby peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 dashes red pepper flakes
Instructions
If Using Bacon
  1. Slice onions and set aside. Cut raw bacon into pieces (kitchen scissors work well.) In a large, non-stick skillet, heat a drop of oil and add the bacon to the pan. Partially cook the bacon on medium high, until the bacon grease is released.
  2. Add the onions and the rest of the tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and stir to mix with the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and golden (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add the frozen peas, salt and black pepper to the pan and stir together. Cover and cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes, or until peas are cooked to your liking. Taste peas and stir in red pepper flakes as needed before serving.
Meatless Version
  1. Slice onions. Heat 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add frozen peas, salt and black pepper to the pan. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes, or until peas are cooked to your liking. Taste peas and stir in red pepper flakes as needed before serving.
Recipe Notes

I've always used a skillet, but Mom says if you have a non-stick sauce pan, you can use that, and the peas should cook more quickly.

Nutrition Facts
Peas with Onions (and Bacon)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 388mg17%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 705IU14%
Vitamin C 39.4mg48%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.