peas and onions with bacon in a white bowl with spoon

Peas and Onions with Bacon

Seeing as that it is like Antarctica in NYC this week, I wanted to make a warm and comforting dish that was still healthy. My inspiration for this peas and onions with bacon recipe is from a delicious pizza that I had years ago in the Meatpacking District. It had smoky bacon, thyme, Gruyére, cipollini onions, and garlic. I became obsessed with it for an entire year. I started making it anytime I had friends over. I still think about that pizza!

This is a much healthier version of said pizza. Even with no bread and cheese, it still has the tasty flavor profile of my former obsession. For this recipe, the smoky bacon pairs nicely with the sweet peas and onions. And the aromatic thyme is a perfect complement. If you want to make it a bit more indulgent, you could add shaved parmesan or Gruyére to the dish. If you prefer to substitute another vegetable in place of the peas, roasted cauliflower, broccoli, or carrots would all work well! 

peas and onions with bacon in a white bowl

Recipe Ingredients

  • Thick-cut bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Frozen peas
  • Fresh thyme
  • Unsalted butter
peas and onions with bacon in a skillet with wooden spoon

Why This Recipe Works

Bacon has been getting a LOT of love these days, but I do think the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Perhaps somewhere near bacon cupcakes. 😉 But, when you want to indulge a bit and add a huge hit of flavor to an otherwise healthy dish, bacon always comes through.

In this dish, the bacon adds a delicious smoky flavor as well as fat, which is necessary where flavor is concerned. Overall, the dish is bright, slightly sweet from the peas and onions, and is ready in just 15 minutes!

peas and onions on spoon in bowl

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peas and onions with bacon in a white bowl with spoon

Peas and Onions with Bacon

A bright and tasty side dish with smoky bacon that comes together in just 15 minutes!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 thick bacon slices diced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 10 oz. packages frozen peas, not thawed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon off half of bacon fat, then add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add peas, water, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon thyme and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until peas are tender, around 5 minutes.  Stir in butter and remaining tablespoon thyme.
Keyword bacon, onions, peas, thyme


  1. I want this in my belly. Now. I just got back from the grocery store and am having a semi-serious debate in my head about going back for bacon so I can make this.

  2. Darryl does not like peas, but I am going to try this recipe.. it might change his mind

  3. 5 stars
    My hubby and I love this to go with our dinner. It’s so delicious and perfect flavor! We absolutely love it!

  4. 5 stars
    We love peas! And bacon so I knew the family will love this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! You had me at bacon. And with peas, it’s a great combination.

  6. 5 stars
    Love the smokiness from the bacon! This is a delicious side dish that is always a hit!

  7. 5 stars
    this is literally the best way EVER to enjoy peas! Even converted my fussy 8 year old who reckons he doesn’t like peas.

  8. 5 stars
    What a perfect combination of flavors! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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