Christmas Peas


1 (16-ounce) package frozen peas, thawed
1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 (2.8 ounce) can French-fried onions, with 1 cup reserved for topping
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped (see Note)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the reserved French-fried onions; mix well.

Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish and sprinkle reserved French-fried onions around edge.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly.