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Red Wine Pears - Live Life Cook

Click here to watch John cooking Red Wine Pears with Lemon Verbena.



  • 4 firm brown pears
  • 75g butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Lemon verbena leaves
  • 400ml red wine
  • 1 vanilla pod


Peel, halve and core pears, leaving stems intact.

In a heavy based pan, heat butter until it starts to bubble. Add the pears and gently cook, turning until they start to colour.

Add the sugar, lemon verbena leaves and vanilla pod, then cook for a further minute.

Add half the red wine. Simmer for 20 minutes, ensuring the pears do not stick to the pan.

Add the remaining wine and simmer until the pears are cooked and a deep burgundy colour.

Remove the pears from the pan and set aside. Reduce liquid to a runny syrup consistency.

Serve with a dollop of vanilla cream or vanilla yoghurt.


Recipe from the experts

Nutrition by Julie Dundon, AdvAPD Dietitian

NPA is a company of nutritionists and dietitians that give people the knowledge they need to make better food choices. For over 25 years the company has advised partners in the aged care and retirement industries throughout Australia by setting and auditing standards, as well as providing education to a range of different audiences.

Recipe by John Casey, Professional Chef

John is a professional chef with over 30 years experience in highly awarded restaurant kitchens all around the world. His most recent experience in the retirement and aged care industry has allowed John to take his food preparation knowledge and apply it to improving the health of older Australians through improved food quality and age-appropriate nutrition.

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