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Spinach with Parmesan-Bread Crumbs

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
15 min
7 min
8 min
Garlic-and-cheese bread crumbs top tender spinach in this versatile side dish. It’s so easy to make, too, thanks to bagged baby spinach.


Olive oil

1¼ tsp, divided

Fresh breadcrumbs

½ cup(s), coarse*

Grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp

Minced garlic

½ tsp

Fresh spinach

1½ pound(s), baby leaves, washed, well-drained

Table salt

½ tsp


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan cheese. Spoon bread crumbs into a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 1/4 teaspoon oil in same skillet. Add garlic, cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Gradually add half of spinach to skillet, tossing mixture and adding more spinach as some of it cooks down. Continue cooking and tossing, until spinach is wilted and tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining spinach.
  3. Return cooked spinach to skillet; add salt and toss over low heat. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with crumbs. Or toss with half of crumbs and sprinkle remaining crumbs over each serving. Yields about 3/4 cup spinach and 2 tablespoons crumbs per serving.


*Preferably from crustless French or Italian bread.