Roasted Pears with Ricotta and Honey Recipe

Yield: Makes 6 servings. Active time 15 minutes, total time 1 hour.

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 ripe yet firm Bosc pears, halved and cored
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
6 ounces ricotta cheese, at room temperature
6 Tbsp. honey
Ground black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Put butter in a 9” x 13” baking dish and bake until just melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Swirl butter in the dish to coat the bottom completely, then arrange pears, cut sides down, in a single layer in the dish. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes. Gently turn over pears, drizzle vinegar over top, and roast until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.

3. Transfer pears to serving plates, spooning a bit of the ricotta alongside each. Spoon over some of the cooking juices, drizzle pears and ricotta with honey, sprinkle pepper to taste, and serve.

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Michael Pollan