Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

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There’s an old adage that says “what grows together goes together.” In other words, if it grows in the same season and region, it will taste great together. Just think of tomatoes and basil, strawberries and rhubarb, bananas and coconut or, in this case, peas and asparagus. (Hooray, Spring!)

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We usually don’t think to combine vegetables in a side dish but it dresses them up and makes them so much more interesting. Take buttered peas for instance; delicious as they are, they’re a little boring to serve on their own (other than perhaps to children) but the addition of asparagus, cut into pretty bite-sized spears, transforms them into a company-worthy dish.

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And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with simple asparagus — I love it roasted or grilled — sweet peas, delicate shallots and a touch of honey take it to a whole new level.

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It’s a simple dish to make. Begin by melting a few tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan.

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Add the shallots and cook for a few minutes until soft and translucent.

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Add the asparagus and cook for about five minutes, or until al dente.

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Toss in the peas and cook until just heated through.

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Add honey and season to taste.

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That’s all there is to it. Enjoy and Happy Spring!

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas
Printable Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup minced shallots
1 bunch thin asparagus spears, ends trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces on a diagonal*
1 cup thawed frozen peas
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon honey

Directions

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes.

2. Add asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently so the shallots don’t burn, for about 5 minutes or until al dente. Add peas and honey and cook about one minute more until the peas are warmed through. Add more salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about 1/8 teaspoon more salt and a few twists of pepper) and serve.

*To trim asparagus, bend one spear near its base to see where it naturally snaps off. Use a knife to trim remaining spears to the same length.

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  • YEAH for spring!!! This scream spring!

  • Chrissy

    We had this for Easter and it was absolutely fantastic. I’m so happy to have this recipe just when I’m picking a bunch of asparagus from my garden everyday. It will definately be a spring time staple.

  • I made this for Easter too and it was so easy and soooo good. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

  • Natalie

    Oh, Jenn! You’ve done it again! I made this amazingly simple dish for Easter dinner and my entire family raved. My mom even bragged about it at another dinner she attended and it’s been requested at our next visit.

  • Making this immediately. I searched asparagus, found this, and I’m ready to go!!

  • karen Tannenbaum

    So easy, so delicious. Thank you!

  • Two vegetables that I disliked in childhood and have yet to outgrow the dislike for…unfortunately, I am sure…

  • I love green dishes, they are pure health!

  • Yum Yum eat them peas and asparagus up, the touch of honey I find very interesting! Thank you so very much for sharing. Can’t wait to make it.

  • debbie

    Love the blend of flavors and the mixture of peas and asparagus…..innovative mix and delicious. Also, healthy which always makes it a great choice. It’ impressed our dinner guests!

  • Megan McGarty

    I have made this recipe multiple times. Twice without the asparagus. Love, love it!!

  • Cathy

    Delicious!

  • Michelle

    This is now my go-to recipe for a rich, vegetable side dish. Love it!

  • Carissa

    I made this several times while asparagus has been in season locally and it is truly wonderful! Thank you!

  • Tamar

    This also looks awesome. Hopefully my 3 year old will eat it ;)

  • Jane Palmer

    This is simply delicious and goes with many things.

  • Karen

    This is one of the simplest and best veggie recipes I’ve ever tried. The flavors are so fresh and good. This recipe is a definite keeper! Thank you!

  • Tiffany K.

    DELICIOUS! I nervous to add the honey but I trusted the recipe and surprisingly…. It works! Super easy and fast!

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