Poached Pears with Pomegranate Sauce

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Serve this multipurpose dish warm, at room temperature, or cold as a dessert, salad, or side.



Servings 2, Serving Size 1 pear half with 1 Tbsp sauce, Prep Time 10 minutes, Cooking Time 6 minutes

  • 1/3 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 medium pear, peeled, halved, and cored
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, dry-roasted, crumbled


  1. In a small saucepan, stir together the pomegranate juice and sugar. Add the pear halves with the cut side down. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, or until tender, turning occasionally. Remove from the heat. Leaving the liquid in the pan, transfer the pear halves with the cut side up to dessert plates.
  2. Put the cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the water, stirring to dissolve the cornstarch. Pour into the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon zest and vanilla. Spoon over the pears. Sprinkle with the almonds.


1 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Fat

Nutrition Facts

Calories 120
    Calories from Fat 25
Total Fat 3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Potassium 210 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Sugars 17 g
    Added Sugar 4 g
Protein 2 g
Phosphorus 40 mg

This recipe is from Diabetes & Heart-Healthy Recipes published by the American Diabetes Association. ©2019 American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. All rights reserved. Available at ShopDiabetes and ShopHeart.