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Creamed Spinach & Pearl Onions

When I was a culinary student, this creamy dish wowed me, and I don't even like spinach. This side is a keeper! —Chelsea Puchel, Pickens, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (14.4 ounces) frozen pearl onions, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 13 cups)


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add pearl onions; cook and stir until tender, 6-8 minutes. Stir in cream. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach; cook, covered, until spinach is wilted, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 307 calories, 30g fat (18g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Mike
    Dec 14, 2019

    I love creamed onions and the Aunt Jane recipe on the jars, but this was really good with the addition of the spinach. Will make again.

  • laura
    Jun 29, 2019

    Simple but elegant!! Sooooo YUMMY!! A keeper for sure!

  • sherri2106
    Oct 29, 2015

    This recipe is so good. The only change I made was to use chopped onions instead of pearl. I will make this again and again. It is very juicy, so could probably be used over pasta or rice or noodles.

  • delowenstein
    Oct 1, 2015

    I tried this recipe and made my adjustments by using a 2-cup portion of frozen spinach, 1 large chopped onion, 3/4 to 1 cup 2% milk , 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1/4 cup margarine OR 1/8 cup each butter and margarine. I heated the butter in a medium skillet; added chopped onion. I cooked 8 minutes until tender. I stirred in milk. I cooked the spinach in my microwave oven for at least 3 minutes with2 Tbsp. water, then stirred into onion mixture. This is a really tasty side dish! Thank you for sharing with Taste of Home! delowenstein