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Classic creamed spinach

Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
Nobody will believe this comforting, creamy vegetable side dish is actually good for you. Serve it with a seared steak or chicken and roasted potatoes for a steakhouse-worthy meal. A small amount of real butter combined with low-fat evaporated milk gives the sauce rich flavor and a silky-smooth mouth feel. We have included nutmeg, a classic partner for spinach, and a sprinkle of cayenne to give the dish some warmth. Frozen spinach shaves some time off the prep to helping it come together with ease. For the best results, be sure to drain the spinach well before adding the sauce.


Chopped frozen spinach

32 oz, two 16 oz bags

Unsalted butter

2 Tbsp


1 cup(s), chopped, diced into bite-size pieces

Kosher salt

1 tsp

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Ground nutmeg

tsp, or to taste

Cayenne pepper

tsp, or to taste

Low fat 2% evaporated milk

12 fl oz

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste


  1. Place one bag of frozen spinach in a covered glass container. Microwave on high for 8 minutes; spoon into a colander in the sink to drain. Repeat with second bag of spinach and add to same colander; use a large serving spoon to press excess water out of spinach. Place drained spinach in a serving bowl; cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in onion and kosher salt. Cook onion, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add flour, nutmeg and cayenne; stir to combine. Slowly whisk in evaporated milk; cook, whisking constantly, until thick and bubbling, about 5 to 7 minutes. Pour sauce into a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender in the pot); blend sauce until smooth.
  3. Pour sauce over spinach and toss to combine; season with salt and black pepper. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.