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June 14, 2012

Bacon Peas

Bacon Peas

This Bacon Peas recipe is one of my all time favorite sides.

A Lifetime ago, I worked at a company with an Italian owner and his wife. I haven't even been married for a year then and made many, many cooking mistakes {still do - but not as much!}

This lady worked out her menus in advance and she told me that they NEVER had the same thing twice in a two week period. {I still wonder if she thought maybe having "take-aways" twice in this 2 week period meant the same..?}

I asked her if she knew any other way to cook peas - when she asked me how I did it at the time, I very wisely stupidly told her my "recipe" ... take a tin of peas, pour (with the liquid - no, I'm not kidding ..) it in a pot, add some butter and sugar, boil it for a few minutes, drain and serve.

She had this absolute horrified look on her face when she asked " .. with the liquid ?..." I'll never forget that look on her face - can you imagine?

Then she gave me this quick and easy (and much healthier) recipe, which she told me was the way the Italians prepared their peas. 

Bacon & Peas


500 g Frozen Peas
6 Bacon Streaks (there has to be a little fat)
1/2 Onion, chopped, not too finely
Salt and Pepper, to taste


1.) Boil the Peas for 10 - 15 minutes.
2.) Meanwhile fry the Bacon until crispy, remove from pan and crumble.
3.) Fry the Onion in the same pan as the bacon till soft and light brown.
4.) Once the Peas are done, drain, return to pot together with the Bacon and Onion.
5.) Heat through and season with Salt and Pepper.

That's it ! And you have a nice, very tasty side dish.

You will not be sorry if you make your next side dish this way ! (Oh yes, did you notice how colorful this dish is ..?)


  1. This sounds like the way I make green beans! bacon and onion together are soooo good! Bet you'll never buy canned again...(: Thanks for sharing this!

  2. My husband doesn't like peas but he will eat them. I wonder if this might tickle his taste buds? I certainly will try it.

    Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck and for linking back. Hope to see you again soon. (I pinned this!)

  3. I will have to try this with turkey bacon since I don't eat pork! Sounds quite tasty :) I love your presentation of it too, what a nice bowl! Now following back from Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby. Having a Meatless Monday recipe hop this week if you'd like to share something vegetarian!

  4. My husband also doesn't care for peas... but I think this might do the trick! Thanks for sharing at SaltTree's Open Call Tuesdays!

  5. I'm laughing right now because that is the way I prepare peas too! LOL Ok, I do drain it first but still, not super interesting. I will def try this! Thanks! :)

  6. LOL, love that story. We make a similar dish but it is cold and is like a pea salad with a little mayo.

  7. Ha! I used to make peas just as you! This looks delish! Mr. B loves peas and bacon so I will be serving this to him soon! Thank you for sharing this at the party this week!

  8. My twins love these little peas! I know the bacon will make them even happier to eat them. ;D Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 39. Please join again next week. <3 and hugs!

  9. What a great way to add flavor to the peas:) I am trying this. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  10. I bet even peas taste better with bacon! Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  11. Yum! Everything's better with bacon. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  12. Bacon Makes everything better! I'm not a big Pea fan but hubby is, maybe if I make them this way, I'll be converted. Thanks for sharing.

  13. This sounds quite yummy, and have never thought of making peas this way. I'll bet the browned onions in it are wonderful! Will try this way next time we have peas :)Thank you!


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