Classic Creamed Spinach Recipe
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Classic Creamed Spinach Recipe

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Using fresh spinach instead of frozen really enhances the flavor of this classic recipe from Ann Van Dyk of Wrightstown, Wisconsin. The hint of nutmeg makes this side dish even more appealing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound fresh spinach, torn
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups milk

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 318 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 581mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook spinach in oil for 3 minutes or until wilted. Transfer to a cutting board; chop. Melt butter in the Dutch oven. Add onion; saute for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and nutmeg until combined. Gradually whisk in milk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the chopped spinach. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Creamed Spinach in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p57

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 253958
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"easy and delicious. I made this when a recipe called for a package of frozen creamed spinach and my grocery store was out. This was easy and had a lot more and fresher flavor. I also like that it called for milk, as I always have that on hand."

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 220193
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"Super decadent...maybe because I for whatever reason used 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, a bit of cream cheese and a tad of cracked black pepper just because I love it...not that it isn't fabulous just the way it is!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 62781
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"So simple and delicious, I'll be making this often."

missjeanie2 User ID: 5761180 99807
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"This tasted delicious and was very easy to prepare. I modified it just a little. Added a pinch of cinnamon, decreased flour to 1 Tbsp, decreased butter to 3 Tbsp. added 2 oz cream cheese, decreased milk to 1-1/4"

maddawson User ID: 6637204 99714
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Have been looking for spinach recipes & came across this one. This recipe was great & had a great flavor to it! I decreased the amount of butter & used fresh spinach."

pamstarkey User ID: 6748256 80416
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"easy, comfort food. added a bit more nutmeg to taste and garlic at the same time I added the onions. I used frozen spinach for convenience."

mphillips User ID: 2244165 64684
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"Very good recipe. Great way to eat spinach."

wmssquad User ID: 2540812 58597
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This recipe is delicious, and it was easy to prepare. The whole family ate it up."

hockeygmgp User ID: 2102765 67453
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Forgot to click stars...duh"

hockeygmgp User ID: 2102765 133202
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"It was quick, used fresh spinachand tasty. The only thing, even though I used the nutmeg, I couldn't taste a big difference."

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