You are here: Home » Recipes » Poached Pears with Port Syrup Poached Pears with Port Syrup Recipe by Jon AshtonKitchen Tested Yield 4 servings Prep 15 mins Cook 35 mins Port and spices infuse pears with a beautiful pink color and a warm sweet flavor. Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn PrintEmail Ingredients 4 large ripe pears, peeled2 1/2 cups red port1/2 cup sugar -- Cinnamon sticks2 -- star anise1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 cup ricotta cheese Instructions In a large saucepan, place pears in one layer. Pour port, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla over pears, then add enough cold water to just cover them. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer pears to a bowl. Once they have cooled, cut in half and slice each half into thirds. Continue to boil port mixture until it reduces to 1 1/3 cups, about 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks and star anise. To serve place 1/4 cup ricotta in a bowl, top with sliced pears and drizzle with syrup. Recipe by Chef Jon Ashton.