Romanian Green Pea Stew

This nutritious and flavorful Romanian Pea Stew is a comforting dish, a perfect choice for a delightful meal on chilly fall and winter days. It’s all about the goodness of green peas, carrots, red pepper, and onions coming together in a delicious blend. Everything is simmered in a flavorful broth with herbs and spices. The peas bring a burst of color, while the veggies add a mix of textures and flavor that make every bite so satisfying.

What’s great is that this Pea Stew is simple to whip up. With just a few steps and basic ingredients, it’s a go-to recipe for everyone, whether you’re new to cooking or a kitchen pro. 

I love incorporating peas into a variety of recipes, whether it’s in stews, salads, or soups. Peas are rich in vitamins, fiber and a great source of plant-based protein. 

Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday dinner or a wholesome weekend treat, this Pea Stew is a delicious recipe that promises to bring joy to your dining experience. Serve it alongside homemade freshly baked bread, pickles, and the meat of your choice, like chicken, fish, red meat, or sausages.

How to make Pea Stew

Making Pea Stew is easy and quick to prepare and you can use either frozen, fresh or canned peas. In less than 30 minutes you can have a dish ready to be served either for lunch or dinner.

Begin with heating oil over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Sauté onions and garlic until they soften for about 5 minutes, creating a flavorful base for the dish. Introduce carrots, red pepper, and celery root into the mix, sautéing them for 5 minutes more, enhancing their natural goodness.

Next, sprinkle in paprika and add frozen peas, stirring quickly to ensure even distribution. Adjusting for canned peas? Check the notes below for a seamless transition. Pour in the vegetable stock, tomato puree, soy sauce, salt, pepper, parsley, and dill. Let it come to a gentle boil.

Cover the saucepan, and reduce the heat to low, allowing the vegetables to tenderize over the next 15-20 minutes. Now, prepare a mixture of cornstarch or flour with milk, introducing it to the pea stew and stirring until the stew achieves the desired thickness. A pinch more salt and pepper, if necessary, adds the finishing touch.

Take the saucepan off the heat and the hearty pea stew is ready to be served. Pair it with freshly baked bread, pickles, and your preferred meat. It goes well with chicken, fish, red meat, or sausages—for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to use canned peas for this stew

For those opting for canned peas, introduce them along with the water from the can after the vegetables have simmered to tenderness. Adjust the quantity of vegetable stock or water to one cup, accounting for the water from the can. Bring the stew to a boil before proceeding to add the cornstarch mixture. This ensures a good integration of the canned peas, maintaining the desired consistency of the pea stew.

Hope you will try this delicious Pea Stew. If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Would love to see how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

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Romanian Green Pea Stew

Romanian Green Pea Stew

5 from 1 vote
This nutritious and flavorful Pea Stew is a comforting dish, a perfect choice for a delightful meal on chilly fall and winter days.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound (500g) frozen peas or 28 oz (800g) canned green peas
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves ,minced
  • 1/3 cup celery root, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp (3g) paprika
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock or water
  • 3/4 cup (180g) tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp (15g) soy sauce , optional
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch or flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until softens. 
  • Add carrot, red pepper and celery root and sauté for 5 minutes more.
  • Add paprika and frozen peas and give a quick stir. *For canned peas check the notes below.
  • Add the vegetable stock, tomato puree, soy sauce, salt and pepper, parsley and dill. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until vegetables are tender, for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Mix the cornstarch or flour with milk and add to the pea stew. Stir constantly until the stew thickens. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat and serve with homemade freshly baked bread, pickles and your favorite choice of meat, whether chicken, fish, red meat or sausages.


*For canned peas add the peas and water from the can only after the vegetables are simmered and tender, after step 5. Also, reduce the vegetable stock or water from step 4 to 1 cup in this case, as you use the water from the can as well. Bring the mixture to a boil before adding the cornstarch milk mixture. 


Serving: 1 serving out of 4Calories: 501kcalCarbohydrates: 107.1gProtein: 21.2gFat: 3.2gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 735mgPotassium: 2355mgFiber: 17.6gSugar: 13.2gCalcium: 1007mgIron: 31mg
Calories: 501kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: main dish, pea stew, peas, stew, vegetarian dish

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  1. Happy When Not Hungry Author says:

    This pea stew looks delicious! I love all the ingredients too!

  2. FreeSpiritEater Author says:

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try out the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! =]

  3. Tiffany Author says:

    What a great recipe, and I LOVE your photography!! I am curious about what you used for a garnish in the photo, is it parsley?

  4. Nikki @ The Tolerant vegan Author says:

    This looks great! I love that you added soy sauce!

  5. margaux Author says:

    hi Ella! this looks absolutely delicious! I think there was maybe a typo in the nutrition section and the calories do not appear, do you think you can edit it please? Looking forward to trying this recipe!!!

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