And it turned into something a bit different. Rather than cook the rice with the peas, we serve this over cooked rice. It's also good over pasta or potatoes. Serve with cooked greens or spinach on the side, or stir the greens into the peas. I add the cooked ham for my son, who can't eat sausage, but if you think the dish is too meaty, by all means leave it out. I usually don't add salt, because the sausage is salty enough, but if you think it needs some, feel free to put it in. Cooking times do not include overnight soaking of the peas.