Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Pears

A photograph of sweet and sour red cabbage with pears

Serves 8


  • • 2 tsp canola oil
  • • 1 cup diced pancetta
  • • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • • 5 whole cloves
  • • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • • ½ tsp salt
  • • ½ tsp pepper
  • • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • • ¼ cup red-wine vinegar
  • • 2 pears, sliced into wedges
  • • 2 tbsp butter
  • • ¼ cup chopped parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium. Add pancetta and cook, stirring until crisp, about 5 min. Add onions and cook, stirring until browned and softened, about 8 min. Stir in garlic, cloves and cinnamon and cook for 1 min.
  2. Add cabbage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often until slightly wilted, 5 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook, stirring until softened, 10 min. Add pears and ⅓ cup water and cook, stirring, until pears are cooked and cabbage is tender, 10 to 15 min. Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  3. Stir in butter and parsley.
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