Poached Pears with Port Syrup

Poached Pears in Port Syrup
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins


4large ripe pears, peeled
2 1/2cups red port
1/2cup sugar
-- Cinnamon sticks
2-- star anise
1tablespoon vanilla extract
1cup ricotta cheese


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 450
  • Glycemic Load 27.94
  • Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 85mg
  • Potassium 550mg
  • Carbohydrate 68g
  • Fiber 7g
  • Sugars 49g
  • Protein 8g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 20%
  • Iron 8%