These creamed peas are such a simple recipe, yet each bit will leave you wanting more. There's something so satisfying about the tender peas in the flavorful thick white sauce. Comforting and delicious, this is the perfect side for a weeknight dinner or holiday meal!
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An Easy Side Dish For Any Meal
I'll be honest, I was never a big fan of peas until I made this recipe. My wife loves peas, and I was trying to come up with something both of us would enjoy, and that's how this recipe came about! They have a satisfying flavor, but it's not overpowering, so they can pair with literally anything you're serving for dinner!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's satisfying. These creamed peas are downright delicious! The texture of the thick creamy sauce and tender peas is unmatched. Elevated by the slight savory flavor, every bite is addictive.
It's quick to make. I love a side dish that doesn't take much time or effort to prepare, and this recipe fits the bill. It's ready in less than 20 minutes, and the process is effortless!
Comfort food at its finest. There's nothing more comforting than a warm and creamy mixture of peas and sauce. Serve them on top of your favorite creamy mashed potatoes or these cream cheese mashed potatoes for an extra indulgent flavor, and you have the ultimate comfort food side.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Butter- I used unsalted butter since we'll be adding a little salt.
- All-purpose flour- to thicken the bechamel sauce.
- Milk- you can use any milk you want.
- Garlic powder- for the savory flavor.
- Salt and pepper- a pinch of each for more flavor.
- Peas- frozen peas or canned peas. If they're canned, make sure to drain them first.
- Heavy cream- for the cream sauce.
How To Make Creamed Peas
1. Make the sauce. Melt butter in a non-stick skillet and add the flour. Stir constantly until you get a thick paste. Add the milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
2. Add the peas. Add the frozen peas and heavy cream and mix until the peas are coated in the sauce. Cook until the peas are tender and heated through. About 8 minutes should do the trick. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Variations and Tips To Make the Best Recipe
- If you want to add more flavor, add a teaspoon of onion powder. Sometimes I'll even dice half an onion and add it to the sauce to change it up. You could also add some onion pearls.
- Use fresh peas if they're in season. Trust me, they give this dish a fresh flavor you'll be craving.
- Stir in some chopped bacon or diced ham for some protein and a meaty flavor.
- Be sure to constantly stir the flour roux, or it will burn. Once you get a smooth and thick paste, add the rest of the ingredients.
- If you're using canned peas, you will only have to stir them in with the sauce and warm for a minute or so.
- Use whole milk for an extra creamy texture.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
In the fridge: The best way to store any leftover peas is in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
In the freezer: Transfer the peas to a freezer-safe bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating: My go-to way to reheat leftover peas is in a saucepan over medium heat. I'll just stir them for about 3 minutes until they're warmed through. Just add more time for the frozen peas, and you can add a splash of milk to thin out the sauce.
More Recipes To Make Next
- Pasta with Peas
- Corn Pudding
- Macaroni Corn Casserole
- Vegetable Lasagna
- Squash Casserole
- Old Fashioned Cornbread
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 3 cups frozen peas
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Melt butter in a non-stick skillet and add the flour. Stir constantly until you get a thick paste.
- Add the milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
- Add the frozen peas and heavy cream and mix well. Cook for about 8 minutes or until the peas are tender, stirring frequently.
If you are using canned peas, make sure to drain them first. Then add them at the end and mix with the sauce, stirring and cooking for a minute or so until warm.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 11.4gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 26.8gFiber: 6.8gSugar: 11.3gProtein: 10.9g