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Creamy Parmesan Spinach

This recipe, from Priscilla Gilbert of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, combines fresh baby spinach with a delicious, creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Crushed croutons top it off and give the side dish a wonderful crunch.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    3 servings


  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup onion and garlic salad croutons, crushed


  • Place spinach and water in a Dutch oven; cover and cook for 3 minutes or until wilted. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt butter. Stir in the cream, lemon zest, garlic and pepper flakes; bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in cheese and spinach; heat through. Sprinkle with croutons.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 275 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 444mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Anna
    Feb 28, 2020

    My husband, who said, I never thought I'd eat spinach..loves it!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Sep 1, 2015

    This is such an easy and delicious recipe. I love the lemon flavor! I did not bother with the croutons and did not miss them at all. My toddler even loved this. I served with grilled chicken.

  • justmbeth
    Apr 19, 2015

    Fantastic! Will definitely be doing this again soon. I loved the hint of lemon flavor, really made this recipe a standout.

  • lurky27
    Oct 8, 2013

    This recipe is delicious! My only complaint is that it doesn't make a lot once it's cooked. If you wanted to serve it at a nice dinner, you'd have to double or triple it, making it very expensive to buy all the ingredients. Also, if you don't have heavy whipping cream on hand, half-and-half works fine. ~ Theresa

  • Cookin4MyFam
    Mar 26, 2012

    This is very yummy. We love the crouton topping. Adds a special touch.

  • JessT2003
    Mar 3, 2011

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  • wiscook
    Jan 8, 2010

    very good

  • tina.aisel
    Jan 2, 2009

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  • valanddansmith
    Dec 15, 2008

    This was pretty tasty, but mine didn't turn out as creamy looking as the picture. Definitely worth a try!

  • amanda
    Apr 25, 2007

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