This pea stew is a traditional Romanian dish and it truly is one of my favorites. I grew up eating this dish and the great thing about it is that it’s very versatile, you can make it with chicken, pork, beef or lamb and it’s easy to make. The other great thing about this dish is that it’s fairly healthy and the way I made it here it’s only 9 weight watchers points for a great big serving.
The secret I must share with you is that when I first moved out on my own, this pea stew is one of the first things I learned to cook on my own. Now before you knock peas, they are good for you. They are a good source of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and potassium.
So let’s get on to the recipe. I used nice and lean pork loin for this, which I cut up in one inch pieces.
We need one medium onion chopped and 2 stalks of celery chopped as well.
In a pot heat the vegetable oil and add the chopped onion and celery. Saute for about 5 minutes until the onions become translucent.
Next we need to add garlic, now I like lots of garlic, so I added 7 cloves.
Saute the garlic for a minute then add the pork to the pot and stir.
Cook the pork until it’s no longer pink. In the meantime, get the frozen peas ready.
You’ll need 1/2 cup of tomato paste…
…and 1/4 cup of pickled hot peppers. Now the hot peppers is my own addition to this traditional recipe, because my husband loves spicy food.
In a bowl mix the tomato paste with 2 cups of water and add it to the pot. Add the peas, the hot peppers and the bay leaves.
Add more water as needed, the water needs to fully cover the peas and pork. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the pot and let it cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes and the chopped dill and parsley. Stir well and serve.