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A white bowl filled with homemade creamed spinach.
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Creamed Spinach

An easy and delicious side dish with lots of cheesy creamy flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 308kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Large Pot

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion minced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh spinach roughly chopped, or 2 pounds frozen
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Mince your onion and garlic, shred the cheese and give your spinach a rough chop if using fresh leaves.
  • Bring a large pot of water with 2 tsp salt to a boil then cook the spinach for about 30 seconds then transfer to a colander and rinse with cold water. You can do this in batches if your pot isn't big enough. If using frozen spinach simply thaw.
  • Place the leaves in a tea towel or cheese cloth and squeeze all the excess water from the spinach and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat then add the onion and cook while stirring until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic in and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and add the diced cream cheese, cook while sitting until the cream cheese has melted and the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for about a minute then reduce heat to low and sprinkle in the mozzarella and parmesan. Cook while stirring occasionally until melted then remove from heat.
  • Bread the spinach apart and sprinkle into the sauce then stir over low heat until warmed through. Serve warm.

Notes

  • If using fresh spinach make sure not to overcook it, 30 seconds really is enough.
  • You can add more spinach for a slightly less decadent side dish. Try adding 3 pounds of fresh spinach if doing this.
  • If you're not a fan or parmesan then try using pecorino Romano or just omit.
  • Note that the onion is minced and not chopped. You want smaller pieces that blend well with the other ingredients.
  • Try adding 1/4 tsp of nutmeg or red pepper flakes for some added depth or flavor.
  • Can you add chopped artichokes to this? Yes!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 16859IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 5mg