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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

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.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Everyday Food, April 2007

Reviews (8)

  • 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!

  • 3 Mar, 2014

    Super yummy! All of the kids gobbled it up!

  • 25 Jun, 2013

    This recipe was really easy to make and absolutely delicious.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 28 Apr, 2008

    made this even without the nutmeg and loved it!