Simple Vanilla Pear Sauce Recipe

This easy vanilla pear sauce recipe has been a favorite at our house since our pear tree started producing like crazy a couple years ago.  It’s fun to make this recipe with kids and it’s easy enough for older children to make by themselves. Not to mention, the house smells so wonderful when we’re making it!  We serve this vanilla pear sauce recipe for either breakfast or dinner and it’s always a favorite at Thanksgiving as well.

As you can see, this recipe contains vanilla beans.  Don’t be scared of vanilla beans, they are delicious and easy to use.  Real vanilla beans need to be split in half lengthwise with a sharp knife and then just throw them in the pot!  Easy peasy!  They add delicious and exotic flavor to the pears.  Don’t leave them out!  Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with other flavors, we have put in strawberries and apples in with the pears and it tasted wonderful! For a sugar free version of the recipe below – check out the video I just made on the Positively Mommy YouTube Channel.

Simple Pear Sauce Recipe

Simple Pear Sauce Recipe


  • 15-20 pears, unpeeled, sliced and cored
  • 1/2 to 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. high quality cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 vanilla bean, split and scraped


  1. Place pears in large stock pot or french dutch oven over medium heat. Do not peal pears, the skin has a lot of flavor and nutrition you don't want to miss out on. Don't be afraid to fill the pan up to the top, they will cook down to about half their original size. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise with a sharp knife and put the whole thing in the pears and stir. Once the pears start to cook down, add the rest of the ingredients until everything comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and put the lid on the pan.
  2. Simmer for 30 to 60 minutes until pears are very soft. Remove vanilla beans and discard. Drain most of the liquid into a cup (so you have some to thin out the sauce or so you can drink it, it's very tasty). While still warm, mash the pears for a chunky consistency or blend in the blender for a smooth consistency (I prefer smooth). Place in clean canning jars and process in a water bath canner.
  3. These make great gifts and add a special flare to any meal.


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