Quick, easy, and delicious, creamed spinach is a wonderful side for any meal. This healthy dish is just cheesy and creamy enough to appeal to people who might not love green veggies.
I buy a big tub of fresh spinach every week as it provides the base of my weekday lunch salad. If my lunch plans change I might need another use for some of the spinach and this recipe is perfect. I recently served it with baked fish and mashed potatoes. As you can see it added a nice pop of color to my dinner plate.
Olive Oil: Used to sauté the onion and spinach.
Onion: I typically use red onion as we always have it available. White or yellow onions would also be fine. A bit of minced onion adds to the depths of flavor along with the spinach.
Spinach: This recipe uses approximately 4-5 cups of fresh spinach.
Butter: The butter combines with the flour to thicken the creamy sauce.
Flour: Used to thicken the sauce.
Half & Half: Adds flavor and richness to the sauce.
Salt & Black Pepper: Brings out and enhances the flavor.
Parmesan Cheese: A layer of parmesan cheese adds great flavor.
Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat. I like my nonstick skillet for this recipe. Drizzle in olive oil and mince up your onion. Sauté the onions for a few minutes until they are slightly softened.
In the meantime, roughly chop up your spinach. Add the spinach to the skillet and stir as it wilts. That big pile of spinach on your cutting board will wilt in minutes in the skillet.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Pour in the half & half and stir until smooth. Stir as the mixture thickens, it will only take a minute or two.
Add the cream sauce to the skillet, or the spinach to the saucepan—your choice. Sprinkle the creamed spinach with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp onion minced
- 5 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
- 2 tsp butter
- 2 tsp flour
- ¼ cup half & half
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. You may need to add spinach in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
- Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, until smooth and bubbling, about 30 seconds. Add half & half, salt and pepper. Stir constantly until thickened, about 1 minute. Combine the spinach and the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve immediately.