Ham and Peas With Mint and Tarragon

Pack in a ton of nutrition with this twist on a classic combination.

Ham and Peas With Mint and Tarragon
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Peas are a legume, and contain about 134 calories per cup. They also contain 9g of both protein and fiber, and provide a boatload of nutrients like 26% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, and 38% of the daily recommended amount of the antioxidant vitamin C. Peas also contain a boatload of B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 200; total fat: 9g; saturated fat: 6g; protein: 11g; carbohydrates: 15g; fiber: 6g; cholesterol: 40mg; sodium: 85mg

Recipe and photo by the National Pork Board.

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Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 4 oz ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 cups peas, fresh or frozen
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, (1/2 stick), cut into 4-6 pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped (plus sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh tarragon, coarsely chopped (plus sprigs for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook until tender, 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the peas.

Drain the peas, reserving 2 Tbsp of the cooking water. Return the peas and cooking water to the saucepan. Add the ham, butter, mint, and tarragon, stirring until the butter melts. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a bowl, garnish with the mint and tarragon sprigs, and serve.