Luxurious, Buttery Creamed Spinach Recipe

A close-up of a bowl of creamed spinach
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  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Ratings (9)

This creamed spinach recipe is luxuriously creamy and flavorful. It's also surprisingly simple: just spinach, butter, cream and parmesan cheese. Puréeing the spinach gives the dish the silky, velvety texture that makes it so satisfying.

Creamed spinach is a nice accompaniment for chicken and poultry dishes. It's amazing served with a roasted chicken.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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 as the liquid in the leaves cooks out, the leaves will steam in their liquid. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the cream over medium heat. Let the cream reduce slightly while you're squeezing the spinach.
  4. Purée the spinach in a food processor until it's completely smooth.
  5. Return the puréed spinach to the pot and add the butter, cream, and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it's hot.
  6. Season to taste with Kosher salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 186
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 46 mg
Sodium 234 mg
Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)