Under 30 Minutes

Creamy Spinach

This classic side dish can be made ahead and reheated for your weekend dinner.

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  • Servings: 2

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2006


  • 1 pound curly spinach, well washed, thick stems removed, water still clinging to leaves
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced, or 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk


  1. Place spinach in a large saucepan (3 to 4 quarts) over medium heat (it will be extremely full), and season with salt. Cover and cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander, and rinse under cold water until completely cooled; squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium-low; add shallot, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add flour; cook, stirring, 1 minute (do not let brown); add 3/4 cup milk. Simmer gently over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Thin with additional milk, if necessary. Remove from heat; stir in spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.


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