Smashed Peas with Lemon and Mint

a bowl of pea dip and some toasted bread
Prep Time: 
25 minutes
Number of Servings: 
6 servings
Recipe Source: 
Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings by Elle Simone Scott ($30, America’s Test Kitchen, 2022)


  • 8 oz frozen peas
  • 14 cup water
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 14 tsp red pepper flakes, divided
  • 14 tsp table salt
  • 14 tsp pepper


  • Food processor


  1. Bring peas and water to simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and cook until peas are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer peas (and any remaining water) to a food processor. Add spinach, mint, oil, lemon zest, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and pulse until coarsely ground, 8 to 10 pulses, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Pea topping can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours; bring to room temperature and stir to recombine before serving.
Nutrition Info: 
72 Calories, 2 g Protein, 6 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Total sugars (0 g Added sugars), 2 g Fiber, 5 g Total fat (1 g sat), 101 mg Sodium, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Try it on this!

Homemade seasoned bread will bring this spread to the next level!


Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2006, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance Food Stylist and Culinary Producer.

Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities to Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, The Katie Couric Show, CBS Corporation, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo's Chef Roble and Co.