Luxurious, Buttery Creamed Spinach Recipe

A close-up of a bowl of creamed spinach
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
186 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 6g
Calcium 231mg 18%
*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.)

Creamed spinach is so luxuriously creamy and flavorful that it may seem like a time-consuming, complicated recipe. But it's surprisingly simple: just spinach, butter, cream, and parmesan cheese. Puréeing the spinach gives the dish the silky, velvety texture that makes it so satisfying.

A classic accompaniment for steak, creamed spinach goes well with any meat, fish or poultry, like roasted chicken. It also makes a nice addition to pasta dishes such as macaroni and cheese and spaghetti and blends beautifully with other vegetables like parsnips and potatoes.

Even those who claim to dislike spinach will find it hard to turn down a batch of this warm, gooey—and healthy—green.


  • 2 lbs baby spinach leaves, washed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz butter (½ stick)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot (such as an enameled Dutch oven), heat the spinach leaves over medium-high heat. You can add a small amount of water to the pot before adding the spinach, but the leaves will steam in their own liquid as they cook. Stir with a wooden spoon to keep everything moving.

  2. As you cook it, the spinach will soften and turn a bright green color while reducing in volume quite dramatically. This might take 5 to 6 minutes or a bit longer.

  3. Plunge the cooked spinach leaves into a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the spinach from cooking and lock in that bright green color.

  4. Drain the ice water and squeeze the excess water from the spinach. Squeezing by hand, a handful at a time is the best way to do this. You can transfer each squeezed handful directly into the bowl of your food processor since the next step will be puréeing it.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the cream over medium heat. Let the cream reduce slightly while you're squeezing the spinach.

  6. Purée the spinach in a food processor until it's completely smooth.

  7. Return the puréed spinach to the pot and add the butter, cream, and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it's hot.

  8. Season to taste with Kosher salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.