Add More Greens to Your Weekly Meals with These 30 Spinach-Heavy Recipes
From pizza and casseroles to healthy weeknight dinners, these recipes shine a spotlight on healthy, delicious spinach.
There are so many reasons why we love spinach—it's packed with nutrients, versatile, and plenty flavorful, just to name a few. While the most obvious use of spinach is having it serve as the base of a salad or blended into a healthy smoothie or juice, there are dozens of different ways to let this versatile leafy green shine. From soups and stews to crepes and casseroles to pizza and pot pies and everything in between, you'll never get tired of cooking with spinach. Here, we're sharing 30 delicious recipes that will inspire you to add this nutrient-rich leafy green to your meals.
Cooks classify this good-for-you green three ways: Curly-leaf spinach has crinkled leaves; flat-leaf spinach, often sold frozen or canned, has smoother leaves and a slightly milder flavor; and baby spinach is simply the flat-leaf type harvested when very young and tender. Fresh spinach is available year-round. When shopping for spinach, look for bright green, unwilted leaves and avoid slimy or spotted leaves. Both curly- and flat-leaf spinach are sold in bunches and bags, and baby spinach comes prepackaged or loose. Refrigerate spinach in a plastic bag; it spoils quickly, so use it within a couple of days.
If you've cooked with spinach before, then you know that it cooks down tremendously when sautéed or mixed into hot soup. Many of our recipes here call for three to five cups of spinach, so don't be alarmed by the large amount; it will easily blend into whatever you're cooking. From hearty dinners, creamy and cozy soups, and savory breakfast recipes, enjoy these spectacular spinach recipes any time of day.
Kielbasa and Lentil Rice with Spinach
Spinach-Artichoke Cannelloni Crepes with Mustardy Cheese Sauce
Cheesy Spinach-Potato Egg Casserole
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes
Baby spinach and tangy frozen artichokes are a genius pairing in this one-skillet dinner that gets its rich, silky texture from four ounces of cream cheese.
Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip
Prosciutto Carbonara with Spinach
Every nook and cranny of the chunky rigatoni holds a carbonara-inspired sauce in this healthier take on the classic pasta recipe. Five ounces of spinach are what takes this dinner into better-for-you territory.
Creamy Ginger-Asparagus Soup
Potatoes and asparagus cook in water for the base of the soup. They're then mixed with blended baby spinach and cilantro in this light vegan recipe.
Trout with Almond-Parsley Butter
Sheet Pan Vegetable Hash with Eggs
Artichoke-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza
Skip the usual toppings in favor of canned artichoke hearts and baby spinach leaves in this easy pizza recipe that's made in a cast-iron skillet. The result is a crispy, golden-brown crust and satisfying vegetarian topping.
Warm Spinach Salad with Soy Vinaigrette
Creamy Broccoli-and-Spinach Soup
Who doesn't love an easy-to-make, comforting soup? This recipe features a genius trio of leeks, broccoli, and spinach, which cook in chicken (or vegetable broth!) before being blended together.
Quick Chicken Curry with Spinach and Peas
Chicken with Herbed Pea Puree and Spinach
In this healthy, 35-minute recipe, baby spinach is used in two ways. First, one cup is added to the pea purée along with lemon zest and juice, Pecorino Romano, cilantro, and olive oil. The remaining fresh spinach is tossed with more lemon zest and served on the side for a quick salad.
Spinach Spaetzle in Game-Hen Broth
Homemade spaetzle—a short egg noodle that's popular in Germany—is made by combining eggs, oil, cheese, and flour. This version amps up the green factor by adding blanched spinach and making the spaetzle in a food processor. Once they're formed, they're cooked in in a savory broth along with the shredded meat.
Spring Ragout with Asparagus and Poached Eggs
Split-Pea Soup with Spinach and Barley
Adding spinach and barley to this old-fashioned soup makes it extra delicious and extra good for you. Plain yogurt is both mixed into the soup and served on top, which makes it extra creamy.
Poached Salmon, Spinach, and Potato Salad
Boiled fingerling potatoes are served with spinach, mint leaves, and salmon in this hearty salad recipe that's apt for lunch or dinner.
Bacon and Spinach Quiche
Green Juice Salad
Give your body a boost with this good-for-you salad inspired by a classic green juice. All you need is cucumber, packed baby spinach, thinly sliced celery, and seedless grapes.
Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing
Instead of the usual beef, this take on the puff pastry-wrapped entrée features two irresistible pork products—lean pork tenderloins and salty prosciutto. Frozen chopped spinach is added to the classic mushroom mixture that surrounds the meat.
Warm Spinach Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Red Onion
There's plenty of spinach in this colorful salad. Some is sautéed with the shiitake mushrooms and then served over a base of spinach leaves along with quick-pickled red onions. It's garnished with toasted sesame seeds for another layer of flavor and crunch.
Roasted Sea Bass with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Salsa Rustica
Easy Florentine Egg Cups
These individual egg cups are family-friendly and super easy to make. Start by pressing a single slice of sandwich bread into 12 muffin cups, then add a tablespoon of frozen, thawed spinach to each. Top with a cracked egg and bake until set.
California-Style Veggie Burgers
Just the thing to serve alongside crudités, chips, or pita bread, this rich dip calls for frozen, thawed spinach, Black Forest ham, and shredded Manchego cheese.
Penne with Spinach Pesto and Turkey Sausage
We use fresh spinach, thawed frozen peas, and basil leaves for a nut-free pesto in this healthy weeknight pasta dinner.
Spinach-and-Cheddar Slab Quiche
Instead of the usual pie dish, try making a quiche for brunch on a rimmed baking sheet. The filling is made with frozen chopped spinach, cheddar, and eggs.