Roasted Pears and Carrots


Recipe Information

Total Time: 25 minutes; 5 active
Servings: 4

Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in this simple and irresistible side.


  • 4 carrots, peeled (optional), halved and cut into sticks
  • 2 pears, halved, cored and cut into small wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, more to taste if desired
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place pears and carrots on baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil and a splash or two of balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat thoroughly. Spread evenly into a single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Roast in oven until carrots are still firm and pears are tender about 20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serving Suggestion

Turn this dish into a more grown-up side or salad for entertaining by adding some crumbled blue cheese and/or toasted walnuts!

Tips & Notes

This recipe is included in Molly's article, Expanding your Child’s Palate. If you've got kids, invite them to get involved in the preparation. Here's what kids can do:

  • peel carrots (optional)
  • toss with seasonings
  • spread on baking sheet

Nutritional Information

94 calories, 4 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 229 mg. sodium, 16 g. carbohydrate, 4 g. fiber, 1 g. protein