Roasted Pears with Pecorino for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 42 comments

Roasted Pears with Pecorino for #SundaySupper

When I heard that the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper was Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake, hosted by Angie of Big Bear’s Wife I was in a quandry. As you can no doubt tell from the title of this blog, baking is my thing – so a cake would be the obvious choice. However, in a bid to extend my repertoire and share a few more nutritious, healthy recipes, as well as the indulgent ones, I decided to make a savoury dish – Roasted Pears with Pecorino.

While I have a sweet tooth, I also love cheese, and have even been known to choose it above a pud at the end of a meal. Perhaps the most heavenly thing of all is the pairing of sweet and savoury,which is what I have tried to do with this recipe. I first discovered pears with pecorino cheese in Italy (where better to discover pecorino than in its home country?) thanks to my friend Krista of Rambling Tart.

Pear and Pecorino Salad

Roasted pears with pecorino

The nutty, salty flavour of the cheese contrasts against the sweetness of the pears so well, and I’ve added some extra ingredients which are all natural and nutritious, but which make it seem like an ultra-decadent dish. Quince Jelly, or membrillo, is a Spanish speciality, usually paired with manchego cheese. Manchego is also a hard ewe’s cheese, but is more creamy and less salty than pecorino. Here, the membrillo is a complement to the pears and balances well against the cheese. Walnuts bring out the nutty flavour of the cheese, while a drizzle of honey and balsamic vinegar just adds a final flourish, an extra depth to the taste.

I am definitely more of a baker than a cook, but sometimes there is something so satisfying about putting together a combination of wonderful flavours which just make you smile. I hope you enjoy this rustic, simple dish, with pecorino cheese as the star.

Roasted Pears with Pecorino

Pears and Pecorino

Serves two as a starter


  • 2 small blush or cornice pears
  • Pecorino romano cheese
  • 4 tsp of membrillo (quince jelly)
  • Rocket and Spinach leaves
  • A handful of walnuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic Vinegar


Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with foil.

Halve and core the pears, place onto the tray and roast in the oven. Roast for about 20 minutes, turning the pears over halfway through, until just soft and tinged brown at the edges.

Remove from oven and fill the centres of the pear halves with membrillo, about a teaspoon in each. Cover with thinly sliced pecorino.

Return to oven for 5-10 minutes, until the pecorino is just beginning to brown. It doesn’t melt completely – it holds its shape, but it takes on a wonderful flavour.

Prepare plates with a handful of rocket and spinach leaves and put the pear halves on top. The leaves will begin to just wilt slightly. Drizzle with honey and balsamic – you do not need very much of either, so as not to overpower the pears and cheese. Garnish with a few walnut halves and serve immediately.

This works well as a starter, or alternatively by itself as a simple supper.

For more recipes involving cheese, cake and even cheesecake, look no further – the #SundaySupper group has it covered!

Cheese —
Garlic and Goat by Supper for a Steal
Quick and Easy Homemade Cottage Cheese by The MeltAways
Homemade Velveeta Cheese by Juanitas Cocina
Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Parmesan Crisps by BigBearsWife
Irish Cheese Soufflés by girlichef
Paneer Tikka Masala by Kimchi Mom
Tres Fromage by Chattering Kitchen
Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Ricotta Croquettes by Basic n Delicious
Cheeseburger Soup by Dinners Dishes and Desserts
Cherry Blossom Crescents by The Ninja Baker
Saag Paneer ! Golden Roasted Ricotta In Savory Spinach Sauce by Sues Nutrition Buzz
Sourdough Cheese Crackers by Curious Cuisiniere
Basil Balsamic Strawberries & Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Lox and Cream Cheese Mini Omelettes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Buffalo Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken by In The Kitchen With K P
Baked Mozzarella Sticks by Mama’s Blissful Bites
Paneer Indian Cottage Cheese Pancake by Masala Herb
Crepes with Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Filling by Sonis Food
Roasted Pears with Pecorino by Happy Baking Days
Pan-Fried Halloumi Cheese Salad by Catholic Foodie

Chevre Torte with Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa by Noshing with the Nolands

Cakes —
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake by Mangoes and Chutney
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by Hezzi D’s Books & Cooks
Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake by Gourmet Drizzles
Dairyfree Ice Cream Cake by Galactosemia in PDX
KitKat Chocolate Cake by The Urban Mrs
Old Fashioned Caramel Cake by There and Back Again
Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by  Cripsy Bits n Burnt Ends
Peanut Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Chocolate Chips by Gotta Get Baked
Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake by Vintage Kitchen
Dense Chocolate Cherry Cake by What Smells So Good?
Tequila Lime Cupcakes by Mama, Mommy, Mom
Almond Polenta Cake by Shockingly Delicious
Salmon Cakes by Family Foodie
Banana Split Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze by Neighborfood
& Cheesecakes
Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Tart  by Country Girl In The Village

Kit Kat Cheesecake Brownies by Chocolate Moosey
Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake by Daily Dish Recipes
Nutella Cheesecake Brownies by The Foodie Army Wife
Individual Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars by That Skinny Shick Can Bake
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake by Magnolia Days
Mini Toddler Cherry Cheesecakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Mocha Cheesecake by Lovely Pantry
Lime Cheesecake Bites by Peanut Butter and Peppers
No-Bake Banana Sundae Cheesecake by The Messy Baker
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Crusts by Cupcakes and Pearls
Savory Shrimp Cheesecake with Herbs and Garlic by Food Lust People Love
Cheesecake au Baileys by Baker Street
Tiny Turtle Cheesecakes (No Bake) by Cravings of a Lunatic
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Mini Cheesecakes by Cookistry
Chocolate Cheesecake Bites by Mom, What’s For Dinner?

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  1. Pears and cheese go so well together. I love adding pears to my grilled cheese. This salad looks so good,
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Individual Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you – they are a great match for each other!

  2. Pears with pecorino cheese sounds wonderful! I have some of both in my refrigerator so I may be making this for lunch today!

    • Hope you enjoy it!

  3. I love finding new recipes like this!
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife recently posted..Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Parmesan Crisps #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Glad you like it! Thanks for hosting!

  4. Fruit and cheese go so WELL together! This sounds amazing!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Homemade {Velveeta} Cheese ~ Cheese, Cake, & Cheesecake #SundaySupper!My Profile

  5. Pears and cheese, they are soooo good together. You simply nailed it with this recipe! We eat quince paste here like it´s our last day, and a slice with cheese is one of our oldest quick desserts.
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. There is something so sophisticated about a baked pear. And your ever-so-elegant explanation of the how-to makes your roasted pears recipe even more appealing. BTW, Katy, it appears that you are an excellent baker AND cheese connoisseur. Felicitations =)

    • Thank you so much, that is very sweet of you!

  7. This salad sounds like a great combination. I love putting pears in my salad and have the sweet and salty play off each other.
    Susan recently posted..Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That’s what I love about it too, Susan!

  8. What a delightful combination! Pears and Pecorino… I can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Family Foodie recently posted..Walnut Crusted Salmon Cakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Isabel!

  9. Mmmm…perfection!

  10. Ooh pear and cheese go so well together! Love the contrasting colors and lovely flavors here :)
    Soni recently posted..Crepes with Strawberry Mascarpone Cream #SundaySupper #HealthyMy Profile

    • Thank you so much!

  11. This is lovely! I can only imagine how well the roasted pears go with the cheese, and then the honey and balsamic- yum! Roasted pears are one of my favorites… I even add them to potato salad (yes, it is amazing!) 😉

    • ooh, I bet they’re a good addition to potato salad!

  12. I love pears in a salad, this looks wonderful!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Cheeseburger Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Wonderful recipe! I love roasted pears and with pecorino cheese sounds perfect!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Mini Lime Cheesecake Bites #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! They do go really well together!

  14. Gorgeous! I think you made a great selection for your recipe this week!
    Conni @FoodieArmyWife recently posted..Nutella Cheesecake Brownies for an incredibly Cheesy, Cakey #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Conni! It’s nice to have a change from baking occasionally!

  15. Okay, I am over the edge now!! Would love these!!
    Tara recently posted..Chevre Torte with Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • they’re gratifyingly easy to make!

  16. Cheese and fruit surprisingly go so nicely together! Lovely!
    Lyn @LovelyPantry recently posted..Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks! Cheese and fruit is a heavenly combination!

  17. The italians would adore this one for sure
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Dense Chocolate Cherry Cakes for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I think it tastes best in Italy, but it’s always nice to bring a bit of Italy to your kitchen, wherever you are!

  18. I bet those roasted pears taste amazing. They look wonderful.
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..No-Bake Banana Sundae Cheesecake ~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Jennie!

  19. Roasted pear and cheese salad sounds so good, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Lox and Cream Cheese Mini Omelettes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Cindy!

  20. I adore pears and cheese in salads and I never thought to roast either one. Great choice of cheese since it holds it shape. This is a must-try salad for me.
    Renee recently posted..Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Mmm this sounds so delicious. I only wish I had these ingredients at the house because I would head to the kitchen and make right now!
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Falafel PitasMy Profile

  22. Mmm…I love roasted pears. This salad looks amazing! This is super sophisticated but so simple to put together. Love it!

  23. I got a big smile on my face as soon as I saw the title of this post. :-) Such happy memories of a fantastic dish!! :-) (Your posts haven’t been showing up in my feed so I thought you weren’t publishing! Gah! I’m re-adding it now so hopefully I won’t miss any more. :-))

    • I know :) Those days in Italy are ones I will never forget!

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