Spinach Casserole

Spinach casserole

The Spruce

  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
492 Calories
40g Fat
27g Carbs
11g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 492
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 440mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 11g
Calcium 264mg 20%
*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.)

Spinach is filled with vitamins and minerals and is one superfood that you should incorporate into your diet on a daily basis. Very low in calories but high in nutritional content, spinach is a great and versatile ingredient; great eaten raw in salad and smoothies, it is delicious when cooked in soups or casseroles. Our recipe uses a healthy amount of spinach and combines it with cream cheese and seasonings for a great side dish easily put together in 10 minutes.

Use fresh or frozen mixed greens, kale, or Swiss chard instead of spinach if you want, and serve it alongside steak, fish, or chicken. Or use it as a veggie addition to a baked potato to offer it in a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Spinach casserole ingredients
    The Spruce
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 1-quart or 1 1/2-quart casserole dish and set aside.

    Grease a casserole dish
    The Spruce
  3. Thaw the spinach in a colander under running water. Press or squeeze the thawed spinach to remove excess water. Alternatively, microwave the spinach according to the package instructions, cool for a few minutes, and press the leaves to remove the excess water.

    Thaw the spinach
    The Spruce
  4. Once the spinach is ready to use, combine it with the softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup of melted butter in a large bowl.

    Combine spinach and cream cheese
    The Spruce
  5. Spoon into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs and paprika. Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup of butter. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.

    Spoon into casserole dish
    The Spruce
  6. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

    Bake the casserole in preheated oven
    The Spruce
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Using Fresh Spinach

  • Frozen spinach is convenient and easy to use, but there's nothing like the flavor and texture of fresh spinach. Plan on about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds if you prefer to use fresh. Wash it, remove the stems, and chop it finely. Place a wide non-stick saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat and add the spinach, a little at a time, adding more as the first additions wilt down. The spinach is done when it has all wilted. Cool the cooked spinach in a colander and squeeze out excess moisture.
  • You can choose to season the spinach while it cooks, with salt and pepper to taste, and a grated garlic clove.

Add-on Ingredients

Add one or more of the following suggestions to the spinach mixture:

  • Chopped onions sauteed in butter or olive oil
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Fresh breadcrumbs seasoned with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Boursin cheese (garlic and herb, black pepper, or basil and chive)
  • Cheddar cheese (replace half of the cream cheese)
  • Cubed cooked ham, shredded chicken, or shredded turkey. Add 2 cups of protein and use 1/2 cup of any shredded cheese to top the casserole before baking.

Use the spinach mixture in other recipes:

  • Layer oven-ready lasagna noodles with the original spinach mixture, sliced mozzarella, and jarred red sauce. Top with breadcrumbs, ricotta salata, salt and pepper to taste, and a drizzle of olive oil before baking it at 400 F for 20 minutes (covered) and 30 minutes at 350 F (uncovered).
  • Slice a fresh baguette lengthwise and use garlic butter on both sides, bake at 350 F for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon spinach mixture on one of the sides, top with Brie cheese and bacon bits, and bring back to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Use the spinach mixture as a pasta sauce: Cook any short pasta of your liking, drain and mix with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add spoonfuls of the spinach mixture and add grated Parmesan on top.