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a bowl of creamed spinach on a Thanksgiving tablescene

Creamed Spinach

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


This savory creamed spinach is so flavorful, made with fresh spinach that’s enveloped in a rich cream sauce.


  • 2 pounds fresh spinach
  • 2 tsp. salt – divided
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese


  1. Bring 3.5 quarts of water to a boil, add 1 tsp. of salt. Add the fresh spinach and boil for two minutes. Drain, let cool, then press out the water and finely chop.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Then add in the minced garlic and onion and cook until fragrant and softened.
  3. Add in the flour and whisk to form a roux.
  4. Next, add in the milk and whisk until thickened.
  5. Add 1 tsp. salt, pepper, nutmeg, and heavy cream, continually whisking, and cook for about 1 minute.
  6. Add in the shredded Swiss and Parmesan cheese. Break the cream cheese into small chunks and add to the pan. Continually stir, allowing the cheese to melt.
  7. Once the cheese has melted, add in the chopped spinach and serve immediately.


  • Use frozen spinach in place of fresh, if needed. Thaw, press out any moisture and chop.
  • Time-saving tip – make ahead of time and transfer to a slow cooker and keep on warm until ready to serve.
  • Nutritional Disclaimer
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: creamed spinach, side dish, Thanksgiving side, holiday dinner menu