Creamed Parmesan Spinach

Prep Time: 5m | Cook Time: 10m | Total Time: 15m | Serves

Rich and creamy spinach, blended with Parmesan cheese and a hint of nutmeg, will have your guests asking for seconds. It’s a delicious side dish with beef, pork, chicken or fish, and quick and easy to make.

Not a fan of creamed spinach? We’re not worried. This quick and comforting delight will make doubters think again and aficionados clamor for more.


20 ounces Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach
2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick)
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole or lowfat milk
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs (optional)


Thaw the spinach. Squeeze the spinach with your hands or in a clean dishcloth to remove any water. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the milk and the cream in a steady stream, continuing to whisk, and cook until the cream sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.

Add the spinach to the cream sauce and stir to combine. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and breadcrumbs (if using), and cook until the spinach is heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Cook’s Note: To make this recipe with fresh spinach, start with 2 pounds baby spinach (or 2 bunches of mature spinach, cleaned, stemmed and coarsely chopped). Steam it just until it wilts — be careful not to overcook it! Transfer the hot spinach to a colander to drain, then squeeze out any remaining water with your hands or a dishcloth, and continue with the recipe from melting the butter.

Per serving (without breadcrumbs): Calories 290, Fat 22 grams, Cholesterol 70 mg, Sodium 300 mg, Carbohydrates 14 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Sugars 5 grams, Protein 11 grams.

Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 350%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 35%, Iron 15%.

From Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman

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