Five Dishes Featuring Spring Peas

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Fill wonton wrappers or your own pasta with ricotta and sweet peas for a scrumptious ravioli dish.

Pea & Ricotta Ravioli

Mix spring peas with ricotta to create a creamy and luscious filling for your ravioli. Go all out and be hardcore by making your own pasta dough by hand, then stamp out your ravioli squares, or take the easier route and use square wonton wrappers as in this recipe from Food Network. Seal those wrappers (or pasta squares) shut and boil for about three minutes, or until the pasta is completely cooked. Serve with a simple drizzle of olive oil and cracked black pepper. Or make it a heartier dish and serve with a creamy Alfredo sauce.

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Make traditional Indian samosas filled with peas and potatoes.

Pea & Potato Samosas

Samosas are fried Indian pastries, and vegetarian versions are usually filled with potatoes and peas. Try your hand at making this international dish featuring spring peas from Saveur. As with the ravioli, you can be adventurous and pull out all the stops to make your own pastry dough, or you can use frozen phyllo pastry sheets. Create a filling of potatoes, onions, garlic, spring peas, hot green Indian chiles, and spices like coriander, cumin seeds, mango powder, ginger, garam masala and cayenne pepper. Place a scoop of the filling into the pastry dough and seal shut in the shape of a triangle. Make sure the dough is coated with butter. Then, either bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or fry in a deep-fryer at 350 degrees for about ten minutes.

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Who doesn't love risotto? Especially with bacon and peas!

Pea & Bacon Risotto

You can add just about anything you want to a risotto, so for the spring season toss in fresh peas with bacon for a hearty yet refreshing dish, as in this recipe from Food & Wine. The combination of arborio rice, white wine, butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, bacon (everything is better with bacon) and, of course, sweet spring peas is simply irresistible. It's cheesy, filling and a perfect way to celebrate the start to the new season.

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Yum!  I'll definitely be making the crostini and risotto recipes!  The risotto reminds me of my BLT risotto made with bacon, spinach and grape tomatoes.

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