Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Casserole Recipe
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Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Casserole Recipe

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Spinach never tasted better than in this creamy, colorful dish that's now even healthier and more delicious! —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 5 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 4 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

245 calories: 1 cup, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 781mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, saute the celery, red peppers and onions in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add cream and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in shredded cheese until melted.
  2. Add spinach, artichokes, salt, cayenne, pepper and pepper flakes. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Casserole in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p28

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Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I love spinach artichoke dip, so I made this as a side for Christmas Eve. It was very well received by my family, even my grandmother who says she's never had the dip or even artichokes! Felt good to make a healthy holiday side that they actually like!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I used half the spinach and twice the artichokes. The next day we ate leftovers spread on crackers."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"Made it for Thanksgiving and none of us liked it."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Loved it. It was very good. I sent it to work with my husband and one of his coworkers ended up taking it from him!"

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