Italian-Style Peas Recipe

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This side dish is a big hit on any occasion. I've been making it for at least 35 years, and it was made by my mother before me.—Kathleen Valle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 ounces diced fully cooked lean ham
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 148 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 390mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a nonstick skillet, saute onion and ham in oil until onion is tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Reduce heat; cover and cook until peas are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Italian-Style Peas in Country Woman January/February 2003, p37

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