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
Featured In: The 13x9 Thanksgiving
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

1 cup: 245 calories, 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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carlakay105 User ID: 6104546 121785
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!"

hmm0001 User ID: 1672947 187243
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

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

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 125843
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

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

interpretermom User ID: 3118724 196844
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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