Pea Purée is a simple, tasty, and versatile dip, side dish, sauce, or even baby food! It's a great way to enjoy the fresh garden taste of peas that is slightly sweet and earthy. You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes for this easy recipe.
Pea Puree is a super-easy side dish, sauce or dip. Or even baby food! Plus, it tastes divine and is ready in just 10 minutes.
It has a beautiful sweetness from the peas, glorious green color and its so versatile.
Even though the first thing you may think of when you hear the words 'Pureed Peas' is baby food, I assure you that’s not its only use!
Peas have a wonderful naturally sweet flavor, especially when cooked down making them incredibly versatile to put in many kinds of savory dishes.
This pea purée is mixed with mint and lemon juice for a fresh pop of flavor that pairs well with pasta, salads, or even spread on your favorite sandwiches and toasts.
I like to serve it as a side dish with a few extra mint leaves, some freshly ground black pepper, and a few whole cooked peas on top.
With only 4 ingredients and a 3 minute cook time, you can’t go wrong!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It makes a quick and tasty side dish, sauce, or dip.
Pea puree is one of the best homemade baby foods you can make with a simple tweak to the recipe. Leave out the salt and pepper.
The beautiful natural green color is enticing to the senses, especially for kids!
From start to finish, this pureed peas recipe is complete in about 10 minutes or less.
You can freeze any leftovers for later use easily.
Fresh or Frozen Peas - You’ll need some fresh or frozen peas to boil for this recipe. Even though they’re raw, they still only take a few minutes to get nice and tender. This recipe won't work with canned peas.
Mint Leaves - Adds a bright and fresh flavor that also contributes to its beautiful green color. Totally optional though.
Lemon Juice - Adds some acidity to the puree that pairs well with peas and mint.
Salt & Pepper - Balances and enhances the savory and sweet flavors in the pureed peas.
Step By Step Tutorial
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Boil the peas. Add fresh peas to a pot of boiling water, and boil for 2-3 minutes or until they are fork-tender.
Blend the mint pea puree. Add the boiled peas to a blender or food processor along with the chopped mint, lemon juice, and seasonings and blend until smooth and creamy.
Adjust seasonings and serve. Taste the pureed peas to see if they need any additional, mint, lemon or spices. Then add to jars or a bowl for serving immediately or freeze for later.
To make pea puree baby food. Leave out the salt and pepper before blending. You can also choose to omit the mint as well. To make it extra creamy for babies, try blending in half a ripe avocado with the peas.
Use a high-speed blender. This will ensure that the mint and peas are broken down properly so the puree has an even smooth texture. A Ninja brand or Vitamix is best.
Don’t overcook the peas. The longer they are cooked, the more they start to turn a less appealing army green color. Cook them until they are tender, but still are bright green in color.
Use pea puree as a dip, side dish, sauce or even baby food.
Slather it on Sweet Potato Cakes for a tasty complimentary sauce.
Toss it into a Simple Pasta Dish for a bright and fresh flavor.
Make a healthy Peas on Toast lunch using this puree.
Spread it on a Roasted Vegetable Sandwich.
Use it to make this beautifully green Pea Hummus.
Change up the herbs. Instead of mint, try adding parsley, cilantro, basil, or oregano if you’re using it for savory dishes.
Add some sweetness. If using to make baby food, try blending it with applesauce or pureed apples for a hint of sweet flavor that babies enjoy.
Use stock. Try boiling the peas in vegetable stock for a subtle extra flavor.
Add some spice. Depending on what you’re using it for, you could add some chili flakes or cayenne pepper to the puree to make it a bit spicy.
Add more vegetables. You can also add more pureed vegetables to the mix like zucchini, potatoes, or carrots for extra nutrient density.
To Make Gluten Free: This recipe is naturally made gluten-free, but check your labels on any seasonings to make sure they do not contain gluten ingredients.
To Make It Vegan: Pea puree does not contain any animal products and is safe for both vegetarians and vegans.
NOTE: I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. If you have a food allergy or intolerance you should determine whether the ingredients in each recipe are suitable for you.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: Mint pea puree can be stored in air-tight containers in a jar for up to 2-3 days while retaining its freshness. Freeze any portions you will not be using.
Freezing: Add cooked and cooled pea pure to silicone ice cube trays and let them freeze overnight. Once frozen solid, pop them out and add to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.
Yes! Frozen peas are picked at the peak of their freshness which makes them more than suitable to use in this simple pea puree.
You can strain it through a sieve or metal strainer by pushing it through with the back of a spoon. The puree leftover will have no pulp.
In order to make your puree nice and thick, make sure you drain the peas completely of any excess water before adding them to the blender. Do not add lemon juice at first and use it to thin out the pea puree to your desired consistency.
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Pea Puree with Mint
- 2 cups (250g) peas fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup small handful fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Boil the peas for 2-3 minutes until cooked. Drain well.
- Transfer the peas to a food processor (or large bowl and use an immersion blender), along with the mint and puree.
- Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- If desired, serve topped with a little olive oil, some mint leaves and a few whole cooked peas.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.