Sauteed Spinach with Roasted Red Pepper

Photo: Sang An
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Roasted red peppers give spinach some much-needed sweetness.


  • 1 medium red bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • 1 pound baby or regular spinach, tough stems discarded

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Place bell pepper directly over the flame of a gas-stove burner or under the broiler. Roast pepper, turning with tongs, until blackened all over. Transfer pepper to a medium bowl, and cover immediately with plastic wrap. Let steam 15 minutes. Discard skin, stem, seeds, and ribs; slice pepper lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick strips, and set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add roasted pepper; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 30 seconds. Raise heat to medium-high. Add half the spinach, and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add remaining spinach, and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes more. Stir in salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and serve.

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