Beans, Dairy free, Entree, Lathera (Greek Vegetable Casseroles), Sides, Vegan, Vegetable Main Courses

Roasted Peas with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Peppers

April 9, 2019

These luscious roasted peas with tomato sauce and sweet red bell pepper along with sun-dried tomatoes will make a delicious and satisfying, Mediterranean main course.

Roasted peas, peppers, tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes casserole dish #peas #recipe #Mediterranean #diet

Peas tend to be a boring side dish in Western cuisine, my mind goes to those old-school TV dinners. In the Mediterranean we stew peas in tomato sauce and herbs and they are the main actor of the meal, rather than a necessary side dish. They are considered a staple in the Greek kitchen. We have them once a week as a main course along with feta and bread. And while the kids eat them, they are getting a bit bored, which is why I’m so happy I came across another delicious way to prepare them: roasted!

I was inspired by a recipe on a calendar from the Greek frozen foods company Barba Stathis, and I’m so glad I did. This easy recipe takes peas to a new level! The peas are roasted until they are rich and thick, infused with all the flavor from the peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. A delicious dish that I will be making regularly.

Nutritional Value of Peas-A Superfood

Many people consider peas just a starchy vegetable with little nutritional value, but actually it is quite the opposite. Peas belong to the legume family, they have very few calories and are rich in nutrients. A cup of cooked peas has about 130 calories, 8 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber (the type that lowers your cholesterol), that in itself is impressive. But that’s not all, peas are also a great source of folate, vitamin A, C, K, and also iron, copper and manganese. In addition, peas are one of the top vegetable sources of phytosterols, a group of natural compounds found in plants which may block the absorption of cholesterol. Finally, peas are a good source of antioxidants, specifically lutein, and zeaxanthin, which play an important role in maintaining the health of skin and eyes.

In this specific dish you will be getting additional nutrients and antioxidants from the extra virgin olive oil, tomato, and peppers. Plus the olive oil helps absorb even more nutrients.

Frozen vegetables in general maintain their nutrients (in some cases even more than fresh), I always keep bags of peas, green beans and spinach in my freezer. But if you can get your hands on fresh peas in their pod, they are delicious.

So let’s get on with the recipe. Within a Mediterranean Diet you would eat this as a main course, as is or with a bit of feta (cheese) and some bread if you wish. A serving size is a big bowl, about 1 ½ cup. This can be consumed warm or at room temperature and can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Roasted Peas with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Peppers

Roasted peas, peppers, tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes casserole dish #peas #recipe #Mediterranean #diet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Roasted peas with tomato sauce and sweet red bell pepper along with sun-dried tomatoes will make delicious and satisfying, Mediterranean main course.
Course: Entree, side
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan
Keyword: Casserole, Peas
Servings: 6
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
Print Recipe Pin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced in rings
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 16 oz. bags of frozen peas(900 grams)
  • 16 ounces crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • ¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes rinsed (you may cut them in half, I left them whole)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs-I used wholegrain barley (you may omit this for a gluten free version)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350 F (180 C)
  • In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sauté the onion and bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large pot with boiling water add the 2 bay leaves and the peas. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove and drain.
  • In a bowl mix gently the peas, onion and pepper, bay leaves, tomato, dill, salt and the sun-dried tomatoes. Empty the mixture in a casserole dish (about 2 L). Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.
  • Add about ½ cup hot water in the side of the dish titling so that the water spreads at the whole base of the dish.
  • Grind some black pepper over it and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until the peas have thickened.
  • Remove and let it cool.
  • Serve as is or with feta.

Notes

Add more hot water as needed, if peas begin to dry.
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Leave a comment or share on instagram and mention @greekdiet

SAVE FOR LATER AND PIN IT!

Roasted peas, peppers, tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes casserole dish #peas #recipe #Mediterranean #diet #easy #Greek #healthy

Photo by Elena Paravantes All Rights Reserved


Get the latest Olive Tomato articles and recipes in your inbox!

You Might Also Like

10 Comments

  • Reply Allan December 9, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    there is a lot of oil in this recipe as much as I love olive oil lol how many people does this feed as a main dish? and could you lower it to 1/4 cup

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN December 10, 2019 at 4:48 am

      Hi Allan, The recipe provides between 5-6 servings, thanks for catching that -just added it. It seems like a lot of olive oil but it corresponds to about 1 1/2 tablespoon for each serving. And it is needed to provide the flavor and texture. It is important to note that research has shown that the consumption of about 3 tablespoons of olive oil a day provides the benefits seen.

      • Reply Allan December 10, 2019 at 2:16 pm

        And yes 6 servings makes sense for 1/2 cup I thought it was 2from the pic an made this last night was supper tasty I made some changes like I added oregano and balanced diced carrots

  • Reply Liz November 19, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for this lovely recipe, Elena. I too had to substitute the herbs that I had – parsley and coriander. We enjoyed it with mashed potatoes and celeriac. – perhaps not very Greek but worked a treat. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN December 10, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Thank you for sharing Liz. Love celeriac.

    • Reply Allan December 10, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      Awesome I was in Greece last may and had something like this dish , I go back in may this year to Crete any suggestions on food there?

  • Reply Nancy April 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Do you use sun dried tomatoes in oil, or dry? Any suggestions as an alternate to dill? I’m eager to make this!

    • Reply Nancy April 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      I couldn’t wait to make it so I used my own judgement! I used sun dried tomatoes in oil, diced; I also diced the red pepper; and without dry or fresh dill I used 1/2 tsp Greek oregano. It was delicious!!! My Greek friend was in the area, so as it was already baking in the oven, i invited her over for an impromptu lunch, and we both loved it! I had to cook it quite a bit longer, and definitely think it serves 6 generous main dish servings, depending on your appetite of course! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN April 22, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Nancy, I used sun-dried tomatoes in oil but I rinsed and dried them. But dry can work too. Instead of dill you can use parsley as well.

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.