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Creamy Parmesan Spinach Bake

My creamy, comforting side dish wonderfully rounds out any holiday dinner. Just a little of this rich casserole goes a long way. —Jennifer Bley, Austin, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1/2 cup each)


  • 3 packages (9 ounces each) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 8 butter-flavored crackers, coarsely crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place half of the spinach in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 3-4 minutes or just until wilted. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining spinach; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Reduce heat to low; stir in the cream cheese, sour cream, half-and-half, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic and pepper. Cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Stir in the artichokes, dill, seasoned salt and spinach.
  • Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 196 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 394mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Hollis
    Feb 17, 2021

    I used 2 10-oz. bags frozen spinach (per many comments), defrosted and squeezed as dry as possible. I used panko browned in butter, then mixed with Parmesan and minced parsley, instead of crackers. I also used heavy cream instead of half-and-half, because that’s what I had. I had no dill, so I used caraway seeds and za’atar. Himalayan pink salt instead of seasoned salt. It was pretty good, nonetheless.

  • Taylor
    Dec 27, 2020

    This completely lacked any flavor.

  • pattiejean
    Oct 31, 2020

    One word-scrumptious!! Even my husband and son, who aren't huge spinach fans, loved this dish. I used 2 packages frozen chopped spinach and 12 crackers for a little more crumb topping. Amazing side dish which I will definitely make again. VFE

  • MK
    Oct 18, 2020

    Lauren - I think it would be great with chicken and/or mushrooms. Might have to increase your cream cheese, sour cream, and half & half a bit to make sure it's moist enough, and maybe saute the chicken a bit with the onions, etc, to make sure it's cooked through at the end, but that sounds like a great idea to me!

  • JULIANA190
    Dec 26, 2019

    This was great. I did make a few minor changes to it... one was, not being a huge fan of onion, I used one tablespoon of dried chopped onion. I also didn't have any fresh dill so I used about a scant teaspoon of dill weed. Also, after reading someone else's review, I used two 10 oz packages of frozen chopped spinach, squeezed dry. That definitely took away some of the prep time. Will definitely make it again as everyone loved it!

  • Lauren
    Mar 18, 2019

    Question: What would this taste like with cubed chicken? Or say chicken and mushrooms? Thinking of making this as a one pot dinner. NOT trying to change the recipe but just questioning. Thank you.

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    Jun 3, 2018


  • Yvonne
    Dec 25, 2017

    This recipe is AMAZING! Get rid of all your recipes that you thought were good for Creamed Spinach ~ they pale in comparison to this recipe! This can be made ahead, kept in the fridge and popped in the oven at a later date. I am telling you, this is the most luscious, decadent and delicious side dish I have ever tasted! Made it for CHRISTmas this year. My entire family raved about it ~ it will now be a staple on our holiday table. This could easily be used as a dip by the simple addition of some water chestnuts for some crunch. Serve this along side a beautiful steak and/or some seafood and you will have five~star meal! Enjoy ~ like we did!

  • Debglass11
    Nov 29, 2016

    Made this for Thanksgiving this year, and it was delicious! I used two 12 ounce bags of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry in place of the fresh. I also sauteed the garlic along with the onion. Since I increased the spinach, I added additional cream cheese, half and half and parmesan to taste. Since I'm not a fan of dill, I omitted it. Don't be afraid to use more buttery crushed crackers on top. I did.... and it turned out great. A keeper!

  • galleria
    Nov 12, 2015

    This recipe looks like a 5 star to me. I'm going to give it a try for Thanksgiving. I think you could save on the calories if you used a lower fat cream cheese, sour cream and 1/2 and 1/2. Just a thought.