Whether for a special occasion or a weeknight dessert, our Marsala-poached pears are delectable served warm with a bit of ice cream or whipped cream. Easier than pie, with the wonderful flavor of Marsala wine.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
35 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cut pears in half lengthwise and remove cores. Measure Marsala cooking wine into a small mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir to dissolve sugar.

  • Melt butter in a large 12-inch skillet. Stir in Marsala mixture. Cook over medium heat until bubbly. Place pears in pan, cut side down. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 30-45 minutes or until cool enough to serve.

  • Place each pear half in a small bowl. Stir remaining sauce in pan; drizzle each serving with 1-2 teaspoons warm sauce. Top with a small scoop of ice cream, and if desired, toasted pecans. Serve immediately.


Use an apple corer to easily remove cores from pear halves.

If pears are really firm and green, add 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 4g 6% DV; cholesterol 11.3mg 4% DV; sodium 28.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Not crazy about the sauce but the combination of pear and cinnamon makes it delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
Not crazy about the sauce but the combination of pear and cinnamon makes it delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this recipe exactly as written with leftover Marsala wine from Chicken Marsala. We did not have ice cream so served with cool whip instead. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was divine AND was easy!! My husband and I loved it! I substituted apple juice for the wine since I didn't have any wine on hand and I also substituted cloves for nutmeg (just as a personal preference). Will definitely be making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delish!!! Followed the recipe exactly -- what a treat! I've made these 2-3 times and they've always been a winner. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
If you use ice cream don't worry about the recommended cooling time the marriage of the warm pear and the ice cream make for a delightful results. Next time I'll peel the pear. My wife loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this with the seasonings as written but used two apples (red delicious) and 2 Bosc pears sliced into 8ths rather than halves. Absolutely wonderful. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Everyone liked it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is an easy and delicious dessert. I make it for all of our dinner parties now. Everyone loves the taste and always wants the recipe. I did not use the nutmeg. It is the perfect dessert to finish a meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We used a semi-sweet mead instead of the Marsala. Yum! Read More