Creamed Spinach With Parmesan Cheese

Creamed spinach with parmesan cheese

The Spruce / Chosen Posture

Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
290 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 688mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 12g
Calcium 422mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Frozen spinach makes this creamed spinach dish a snap to make. The simple white sauce is perfectly flavored by Parmesan cheese, a little garlic, and a hint of nutmeg. Taking only 22 minutes to prepare, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Try it with roasted chicken, grilled steak, or baked fish—it's also a great way to ensure that you and your family get your healthy and delicious greens.

This creamy spinach side dish is one you'll make again and again.


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  • 16 to 20 ounces frozen spinach (thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Optional: salt (to taste)
  • Optional: freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Thaw the frozen spinach in a colander and squeeze it with your hands to get as much moisture out as possible. Set aside.

  3. In a sauté pan or saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.

  4. Add the minced garlic and sauté, stirring, until it is softened and aromatic.

  5. Whisk the flour into the butter and garlic; stir until blended. Cook, stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened.

  6. Add the spinach and Parmesan cheese and then add the nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

  7. Stirring constantly, continue cooking over low heat for 5 minutes or until spinach is tender and hot.

  8. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • Although using frozen spinach makes preparation easier and faster, you can also use fresh spinach. Use about 2 pounds (trimmed) of fresh spinach.
  • With shallots: Melt the butter in the sauté pan over medium heat; add 1 medium chopped shallot to the butter. Cook for about 3 minutes, until softened. Add the minced garlic and continue with the recipe.
  • Gluten-free: Use 2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour or masa harina in place of the flour in the roux.