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Peas With Lettuce and Onion (Petits Pois la Française)

Peas With Lettuce and Onion (Petits Pois la Française)

Fresh peas vary enormously in the time they take to cook – the tastiest and sweetest will he young and just picked. Frozen peas normally need less cooking time than fresh.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine French
Servings 4


  • 15 g/1/2 oz/1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small round lettuce
  • 450 g/1 lb/31/2 cups shelled fresh peas (from about 1.5 kg/3 1/2 lb or thawed frozen peas
  • 45 ml/3 tbsp water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a medium-low heat for about 3 minutes until just softened.
  • Cut the lettuce in half through the core, then place cut side down on a board and slice into thin strips. Place the lettuce strips on top of the onion and add the peas and water. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the pan tightly and cook the lettuce and peas over a low heat until the peas are tender — fresh peas will take 10—20 minutes, frozen peas about 10 minutes.
Keyword Vegetarian