Chunky Pear Applesauce Recipe

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Here's a quick way to dress up store-bought applesauce...and it is equally good served as a side dish or a light dessert. Chopped apples and pears add texture, while wine spices up the mixture a bit. The recipe is from Mary Eckles of Kirkwood, Missouri.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium red pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 jar (23 ounces) unsweetened applesauce
  • Ground cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 96 calories, 0 fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit.


  1. In a saucepan, combine pears, apple and wine or grape juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Place applesauce in a bowl; stir in pear mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Serve warm or chilled. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chunky Pear Applesauce in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p19

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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