Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears

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This recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears - An easy Holiday side dish

I used to think I didn’t like sweet potatoes, because the only way I’d ever eaten them was the typical Thanksgiving side dish where they are covered with brown sugar and marshamallows.  That dish is way too sweet for me, but it turns out that I love sweet potatoes when are served so that their natural flavor shines through.  Now I eat roasted, bake or sauteed sweet potatoes all the time, and enjoy them quite a bit.

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Sweet potatoes and onions on a wooden table.

This recipe combines them with pears for a natural sweetness that is not overpowering.  It is probably best to use pears that aren’t quite ripe so they don’t get too soft and mushy the oven. I know at our grocery store it is hard to find pears that are actually ripe, so that is not a problem.  I used red Starkrimson pears, just because they looked so pretty at the store that I wanted to buy them.

Sweet potato salad in a bowl on a wooden table.

This is an easy to make recipe, and would make a great choice for a Thanksgiving side dish or served with a Sunday pot roast.

Yield: 4

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears

A bowl of sweet potatoes with raisins on a wooden table.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 pears
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Peel and core the pears and cut them into 1 inch cubes.
  4. Dice the shallots finely.
  5. Combine the sweet potatoes, pears, shallots, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Spread the mixture in a 8 x 20 casserole dish and roast for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Saturated Fat: 1gSodium: 638mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

A bowl of sweet potatoes with raisins on a wooden table.

What side dishes are you planning to serve for Thanksgiving this year?


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13 thoughts on “Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears”

  1. Hi Anne! Pears make a nice change from apples with sweet potatoes! I picked your recipe as my host favorite this week, thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Stop by Monday at Daily Dish Magazine see your featured recipe and grab our badge!

  2. 5 stars
    I love your combination of the sweet potatoes and pears, looks delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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