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Easy Creamed Spinach

Quick and easy creamed spinach, laced with onion and garlic, is one of the yummiest comfort side dishes ever. And super healthy. Make it as decadent or light as you like. 
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 4
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz package chopped frozen spinach (or 15 cups fresh baby spinach, about 1 1/2 lbs or 16 oz,, roughly chopped)
  • 3 tablespoon butter and oil, any combination (eg. 2 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp oil)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions or onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic - about 1 clove (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk or cream, any combination (I use 1 cup 0-2% and 1/2 cup half&half 10% cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

optional

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or more, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • COOK SPINACH: Cook frozen spinach in microwave as per package instructions. I add a teaspoon of water and microwave covered 3.5 minutes on High. Drain in strainer, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. It's ok if a little bit remains. Note 1 for using fresh spinach.
  • MAKE CREAM SAUCE: Heat butter and/or oil on medium in a medium saucepan. Add onions and saute gently for a few minutes. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds. Mix in flour to make a roux. Stir for a couple of minutes until it turns pale brown. Add any combination of milk and cream that you like to equal 1.5 cups. I use mostly skim milk and about 1/4 cup cream. Stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg (if using) to your taste.
  • COMBINE: Stir in cooked well-squeezed spinach. Add Parmesan cheese if using. If mixture is too thick, add more milk until desired consistency is reached. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately. Note 2 to make ahead.

Notes

  1. To cook fresh spinach: Boil in water for 1-2 minute, drain and squeeze out water. You can use the same pot to make the cream sauce. 
  2. Make Ahead: The creamed spinach can be kept in fridge for a couple of days and rewarmed on the stove or in the microwave when needed. You may need to add additional milk to thin it to the consistency you like. 
 
Nutrition Values include 2% milk for this recipe and do not include the optional Parmesan cheese. They will increase if you use cream and/or cheese. 
Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8726IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 2mg