Pear-Onion Casserole

Pear-Onion Casserole is an easy, delicious Italian-style gratin side-dish recipe. Main ingredients: red onion, pears and cheese with a crunchy bread crumb topping. Seasoned with pepper, salt and thyme. It takes about 1-1/2 hours to make this delicious dish. It pairs up well with most any type of Poultry and/or pork. A great option for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter. It is also a low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low sugars, low carbohydrates, heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly, vegetarian, Weight Watchers (5) PointsPlus (6 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes (8) generous size servings. Pear-Onion Casserole will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 1 Hour-10 Minutes.
Total Time: 1 Hour-30 Minutes.


1 large red onion
3 ripe Bosc pears
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese


1. Fill a large bowl 3/4 full with water; add a handful of ice cubes. Cut onion into 16 wedges, place in a strainer and lower into the water. Let stand for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400° F.

3. Halve and core each pear; cut each half into 6 slices. Drain the onion wedges well and place them in a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish along with the pear slices, 1 tbsp of the olive oil, thyme, salt and a grind of black pepper; toss to combine. Cover with foil.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice.

5. Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a small bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; stir to combine. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the casserole, return to oven and cook until  breadcrumbs are well browned, 20 to 30 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Divide into 8 equal sized servings.

YIELD: 8 Servings.
Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 5, (6 SmartPoints)
Carb Choices: 2

Diet Exchange:
1/2 Starch + 1 Fruit + 1 Vegetable + 1 Fat

Calories: 188, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 225mg, Sugars: 1.6g, Potassium: 215mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 4g

Original recipe and image from: Meredith Corporation.

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