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Easy Creamed Spinach

When you're ready to prepare spinach, discard any yellow leaves and tough stems. Spinach can be gritty, so to clean it, swish it around in several changes of cool water until there's no grit left at the bottom of the bowl.

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  • Servings: 4
Easy Creamed Spinach

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007


  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 to 4 bunches (2 1/2 pounds total) flat-leaf spinach, trimmed and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces bar cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain in a colander; rinse with cold water until cool. Squeeze spinach to remove as much liquid as possible; coarsely chop, and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add cream cheese and milk; cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in spinach. Simmer over medium heat until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Add nutmeg; season with salt and pepper.

Reviews (10)

  • Selena Mcfadden 13 Jan, 2015

    I felt like this recipe was kind of lacking... I cooked it exactly as it said to, but when it was finished it was much too milky and watery and the flavor wasn't that great... so what I did was take the whole mixture, spinach and all and put it in a sauce pan cooked it down so it wasn't as water, added a little garlic powder and bacon and when I got it to where it was kind of stringy looking I took it out and it was great! :)

  • JuliCooks 2 Dec, 2014

    This turned out terrible for me. I made the recipe exactly as instructed, and I believed it turned out how it should have. However, the flavor was terrible. My household doesn't have picky eaters, but none of us could even finish eating our helpings of this. Everyone agreed this recipe was "not a keeper" and we threw away the whole bowl of leftovers. I do not recommend.

  • PinkStephens77 29 Jun, 2014

    Oh my gosh! This is the BEST creamed spinach i've ever had. My husband loved it too and he's a picky one! Thanks Martha!

  • Nataloo 3 Mar, 2014

    Super yummy! All of the kids gobbled it up!

  • Sashaburn 25 Jun, 2013

    This recipe was really easy to make and absolutely delicious.

  • Heather McKelvey 10 Mar, 2013

    Easiest and delicious recipe! My 1.5 year old son loves it too, can't get enough. A home run in my book!

  • MemeDixie 15 Mar, 2011

    Love this recipe. I happened to have some roasted garlic cloves and I also used frozen spinach. I sprinkled a little fresh grated parmesean cheese on top for a nice finish and flavor.

  • engella09 24 Jul, 2010

    What a delicious -- and super easy! -- gem of a recipe. I'm a firm believer that cream cheese goes with almost anything, and this is no exception. Perfectly creamy, perfectly tasty. Had no ground nutmeg on hand so threw in just a touch of pumpkin pie spice and it was delish! Will definitely make again.

  • tay2467 17 Feb, 2009

    I didn't boil or chop the spinach, I just sauteed in a little and chopped bacon and then added the spinach to the sauce. Best spinach recipe EVER! I would encourage anyone to try this...really great as a type of relish with steaks. KILLER RECIPE!

  • nicholeanne 28 Apr, 2008

    made this even without the nutmeg and loved it!

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