Red-Wine-Poached Pears with Star Anise & Pistachios

Red-Wine-Poached Pears with Star Anise & Pistachios
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 2 whole star anise
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2-¼ cups dry red wine, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ripe but slightly firm pears, peeled, halved through the stem, and cored
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. roughly chopped, lightly toasted pistachios
  • + 1 more ingredients
    • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine the wine, sugar, star anise, vanilla, salt, and 3/4 cup water in a 3- to 4-quart saucepan that’s wide enough to fit the halved pears in a snug single layer. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low, add the pears, and coo...

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