Easy Pear Sauce

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Homemade Pear Sauce is similar to applesauce, but made with fresh pears, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Your house will smell amazing while this simple Pear Sauce is simmering on the stove!ย 

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Our neighbors gave us a huge bag of pears from their pear tree. I accepted the bag with open arms. I love pears! I’ve already made a Pear Galette and we have been enjoying Pear, Brie, and Honey Quesadillas for lunch. I also made a batch of homemade Pear Sauce. I posted a photo on Instagram and several people asked for the recipe. We aim to please, so today I am sharing my recipe for Easy Pear Sauce!

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This recipe is easy peasy and will make your house smell like fall! Pear Sauce is the best kind of potpourri. Do people still even use potpourri? Well, if you do, you don’t need to. Just put a pot of Pear Sauce on the stove and your house will smell amazing!

Recipe for Easy Homemade Pear Sauce on twopeasandtheirpod.com

I combine chopped pears with a little lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger , vanilla, and let the mixture simmer away on the stove. That is it! I don’t add any sugar because I don’t think it needs it. It is plenty sweet on it’s own!

When the pears are soft and tender, I use our KitchenAid hand blender to puree the mixture until smooth. If you like a chunky texture, you can use a potato masher. And if you don’t have a hand blender you can transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender to puree. Just make sure the mixture cools down first.

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When the Pear Sauce cools down, I pour the sauce into Weck Jars and put the jars in the fridge. The sauce will keep in the fridge for about 5 days. You can also freeze or can the sauce, but we usually eat ours right up! Caleb loves eating it as a snack and so do I! I also love it on pancakes, waffles, and toast!

Gather up some pears and make Homemade Pear Sauce! It’s so simple and so good! We are on our last jar already which means it’s time to make another batch!

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Easy Pear Sauce

This Pear Sauce is easy to make and is great served plain, or as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and toast.
4.75 from 12 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes


  • 8-10 pears; peeled cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces (I use Bartlett)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine pears, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pears have softened, about 25-30 minutes.
  2. Use an immersion blender to process the pear sauce until smooth. If you prefer a chunky pear sauce, mash with a potato masher. You can also transfer the cooked pear mixture to a food processor or blender to process, just make sure the pear sauce has cooled down.
  3. Once the pear sauce has cooled down, pour into glass or plastic containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator. The pear sauce will keep in the fridge for one week. You can also freeze or can the pear sauce.


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. You’re so lucky to have a neighbor with a pear tree – love the idea of making your own pear sauce. I bet Caleb loved it! He’s so lucky to have a mom like you who can make such good food for him.

  2. You can also make.it with just pears. Pears simmer down so much quicker than apples that it really helps preserve that fresh taste. This year I canned 100 pounds of pears into pear sauce. People look at me like it is going to taste like baby food but once they have it, they are hooked. So much better than apple sauce! It is my every year “must make.”

    1. Quarts and pints of pear sauce process in boiling water bath canner for 20 min. I’ve made it every year since my boys were little. The triplets are 19 now and love to eat the pear pieces as they prep the pears! We don’t put anything in it either and it’s our favorite for toast, pancakes, waffles…

  3. Do you make pear jam? My grandma made it every year to put up. I never got the recie and really am wanting to make some

  4. I made a variation – I had a couple of overripe plums on hand, and I cooked them and the pears with a little lime juice with a little water. It was simple and very delicious. I haven’t made the version in the recipe posted by Two Peas, but I’ll try that next time.

  5. We’ve made this about 5 times now and my husband and I and our 3 kids REALLY love it! Thank you so much for this healthy, no sugar added recipe! It’s especially good right off the stove with a little vanilla ice cream on top! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I made this today but didn’t puree the pears. They taste so delicious & yes, require no sugar! I needed much less water because my pears are so juicy. I will definitely make this again. Thank you so much for the easy recipe.

  7. Whipped this up late last evening with some old pears that had been left on the counter too long. Ran it through the foodmill when it was finished, absolutely delicious!
    Great recipe!

  8. Just made some this morning, went out on the porch with a bowl, still warm and a scoop of ice cream, I went to HEAVEN!!! I will let you know when I return:)

  9. I’m borderline diabetic, so I’m always looking for low carb and low sugar recipes. I’d heard that pear sauce is better than applesauce for diabetics. Do you have any idea of how many carbs might be in a 1/2 cup serving? Thanks for any info you can provide.

  10. You have forgotten the best uses for pear sauce. Warm sauce just a little. Put over ice cream for a topping I use a kruncky ceraeal.

  11. I have a relative that is allergic to apples, so, I will make this pear sauce so she can get a homemade gift this Christmas, too.

    So glad to have found this recipe, sounds wonderful!

    Thank you so much!

  12. How do you freeze it or can it. Without sugar. We cooked our pears and they taste awesome without sugar. I was told that the sugar was the preservative

  13. Just made this tonight and WOW!! Absolutely amazing. Tastes fantastic and you’re right about the house smelling great. I’m pretty sure potpourri is out anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Is 1/4 cup of water correct? Just wondering because I can’t really bring that to a boil in this big pot full of pears… Smells divine already and it hasn’t started cooking!

  15. We LOVE this sauce! We’ve made it for years when a friends’ tree is full of pears and I freeze big batches of it for my kids all for the Winter. I don’t peel the pears, which makes it much faster….just blend it all at the end and it makes a thicker, more filling sauce (the kids call it pear pudding). And I love that it doesn’t have any added sugar.

  16. 4 stars
    Worked well for me. My first batch had difficulty processing (might have been due to a low quality food processor), so if you run into this I would recommend covering the pears while simmering, and maybe adding a little water when processing – a moister mixture should process easier.

  17. 5 stars
    I have made this twice already. The pear sauce is amazing! I like that it has no sugar and very few ingredients. My house smells Fall-ish while it’s simmering.

  18. 5 stars
    Quick and absolutely lovely tasting! Since pear skin contains most of the fruit’s vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants & fiber, I just core the pears and leave the skins on! Then use a blender after until desired consistency.
    For those who are looking for exact measurements & are addicted to their kitchen scale, I have found 3 lb 12 oz of cut pears was the perfect amount for one batch.
    Thank you so very much for the wonderful recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    Yum! Used 8 medium-large pears, and left skins on. Definitely doesn’t need any sugar, so sweet! Kept lid on for first half of cooking, then took off. Enjoyed consistency, used immersion blender. Easy recipe, thanks!

  20. 4 stars
    Good spice suggestions, but ever since I made Kitchen Aid’s pear pie recipe, I can’t have pears cooked without a dash of cloves. Yep, some clove and piloncillo sugar made this Peariffic.

  21. Good spice suggestions, but ever since I made Kitchen Aid’s pear pie recipe, I can’t have pears cooked without a dash of cloves. Yep, some clove and piloncillo sugar made this Peariffic.
    Used about half this morning for fondue sauce with chunks of dry multigrain bread. Delicious!!

  22. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! Especially since there is no need to add sugar. Could this recipe be made into a pie filling? All the recipes i have found call for sugar.ย 

  23. jacksflowers

    I have a small pear tree in my back yard. I cut most of the sucker s off last fall and the tree was just loaded. I gave a lot away but I have so many more. I would take them to the food pantry but I do not have a car. I canned 5 quarts and have no more jars.

  24. I just bought a home with ย a pear orchard. Thanks so much for the pear recipes! I wasn’t
    what to do with so many pears, this certainly helps. The trees have been a bit neglected but we are trying to get them all better. We do have some pears, my question is do the pears have to be ripe to make the sauce?

  25. So you don’t have to peel the pears get a food mill. Just cut off stem and core the pears and then simmer on stove until soft. Put through food mill and freeze in pint containers from the dollar store. No other ingredients needed either. Yummy having some thawed pear sauce right now in March.

  26. Wow…looks and sounds amazing! I just picked a huge bucket of pears off our tree. You are supposed to pick them when theyโ€™re still hard but come off the tree readily, and then let them ripen and soften in the house. Were your pears hard or soft before you cooked them?

  27. 5 stars
    I had several pears in a bag that turned very ripe seemingly overnight and knew we wouldn’t be able to eat them all. So i decided to make pear sauce, but never did that before. I found this recipe online right away and thought I’d give it a try. Soooo glad i did!! It is Easy Peasy and tasty too!!! I’m freezing some and saving some in the fridge for us to enjoy now!

  28. Pear sauce is great with pork, lamb, pancakes and waffles, etc. We process 45 pounds per day of pears. We freeze them in one-quart zip lock bags and freeze once they cool to room temp. They freeze well for three years at least. No sugar added. I go light on nutmeg and cinnamon so the pear flavor reigns supreme.

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