Peas and baby spinach with sesame-basil butter

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5 min


8 cups (2 L), for 8 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 6 minutes


  • 1-kg bag frozen peas
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chili , preferably serrano or another hot red pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp dark sesame oils
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 284-g bag baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  • Remove peas from freezer and partially thaw on counter while preparing ingredients. Mince garlic. Seed and mince chili, if using. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, melt butter with sesame oil. Add garlic and chili, if using. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in peas. Sprinkle in salt and continue to cook, stirring often, until peas are hot, from 2 to 3 minutes. Then stir in spinach and basil just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 143,
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.9 g,
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5.5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 284 mg.

When preparing a large feast, it’s ideal to have a simple one-pot side dish. Colourful spicy pepper and fresh green spinach add a festive twist to easygoing peas.