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Pear Cranberry Sauce

We don't care for regular cranberry sauce, so I usually perk it up with other fruit. This pear version is the one my family requests most often. It's sweet, tangy and a beautiful ruby-red color. Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, I often make it in advance.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 cups


  • 2-1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe pears (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches), broken in half
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups sugar


  • In a large saucepan, combine the pears, water, ginger and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until the cranberries have popped and sauce is slightly thickened, stirring several items.
  • Discard cinnamon sticks. Mash sauce if desired. Cool. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 149 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • knollbrookcook
    Dec 24, 2020

    This is good and I have made it a couple of times. It perks up the cranberries. I cut the ginger and cinnamon down though. I used about 1/16th tsp each of ground ginger and cinnamon. I did not use the cinnamon stick.

  • pammartel
    Nov 27, 2015

    This is my 3rd year making this sauce. I love it and family asks for the recipe. As like other comments, those that don't like cranberry sauce per say, like this with the pears in it. A must make!

  • Flyawayjil
    Nov 26, 2014

    Great recipe I've used for years; and I AM the one who didn't eat cranberries! Recheck the calorie count, though. You'd need to eat more than 1/4 C to consume 149 calories of this!

  • Sweet Pea964
    Jan 2, 2012

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  • kellieandorfer
    Nov 20, 2011

    This was a hit, even with some who only eat the jellied sauce out of a can. This is a new traditional dish for me!

  • twinkly19
    Nov 24, 2010

    Even family members who don't like cranberry sauce like this recipe! It's been a Thanksgiving hit since I started making it four years ago.

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    Nov 17, 2010

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