Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach – An Old Fashioned Creamed Spinach Recipe

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Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe.

What makes this quick and easy creamed spinach so rich and creamy?  A handful of rich ingredients, including butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese.

Spinach is a versatile vegetable that is packed full of nutrients, including Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C! We love using it in cooked dishes like this one or using baby spinach in salads, like our Classic Spinach Salad with bacon and hard-boiled eggs. We even use it in soups, like our Bavarian Spinach Beer Cheese Soup.

Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach Recipe

I found this creamed spinach recipe with parmesan cheese in my handy, dandy Vegetables on the Side cookbook.  It’s the first place I look when I want to make a new veggie recipe.

So when I came home with the world’s largest bag of fresh spinach from Costco, I went straight to the spinach chapter. Voila, next thing you know, in less than 10 minutes, I had this easy creamed spinach on the table.

Steakhouse Creamed Spinach Ingredients:

  • Fresh Spinach
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Heavy Cream
  • Shredded or Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt

The result is a side dish delicious and decadent enough to be a steakhouse creamed spinach. Scroll to the end of this post for the full recipe and ingredient list.

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How do you make creamed spinach from scratch?

For the full instructions for homemade creamed spinach, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

  1. Rinse spinach in water using a colander.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat; add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add rinsed spinach, and cook in the water that clings to the spinach after washing.
  4. Once wilted and tender; drain off excess water.
  5. Combine heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Add drained, cooked spinach and cheese mixture back to skillet, cooking until the cheese is melted.
  7. Season generously with black pepper and salt to taste.

What goes well with creamed spinach?

Creamed Spinach is a versatile side dish that pairs with endless entrees. Fire up the grill and serve along side a Grilled Pork Steak or Marinated Beef Steak. I also recommend serving it with your favorite Italian-inspired meals such as Cheesy Beef Lasagna, Spaghetti Pie or Italian Baked Pork Chops.

What can I do with leftover creamed spinach?

Looking for new ways to use leftover creamed spinach?  Check out these fun, interesting ideas for leftover creamed spinach.

  • Add the leftover creamed spinach to any creamy soup such as Tuscan White Bean Soup or Creamy Ham and Bean Soup.  The heavy cream will mix right into the cream-based soup, and the spinach will add some healthy greens.
  • Warm it up and serve it on crackers, pita chips or a baguette as an appetizer.
  • Add chopped artichokes and cream cheese to make a Spinach Artichoke Dip.
  • Perk up your morning eggs by adding leftover creamed spinach to scrambled eggs.  The heavy cream will help make the eggs fluffy while spinach is the perfect combination with eggs.
  • Roll out refrigerated crescent dough, add a couple tablespoons of leftover creamed spinach, roll up and bake for quick appetizer and side item.

Notes About Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach:

  • As stated before, this creamed spinach recipe uses fresh spinach, not frozen.
  • Spinach wilts down to almost nothing. Keep this in mind if you are making parmesan creamed spinach for a large crowd. Be sure to get an extra large bag from Costco or several of the regular sized bags.
  • Many bags of fresh spinach say “washed” or “triple washed”.   You still need to wash it before making this creamy spinach recipe.  The reason being that the water that clings to itself after washing will help it wilt down during the cooking process.
  • Fresh garlic works best. It has much more flavor than refrigerated, minced garlic.
  • Season generously with black pepper and salt to taste.
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Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach

Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamed spinach, creamed spinach with fresh spinach
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 pounds fresh spinach, hearty stems removed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese or freshly grated Parmesan
  • black pepper and salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat; add minced garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
  • Wash spinach, and add it to the pan, cooking it in the water that clings to it after washing. Cook until its wilted and tender, approximately 3 minutes.
    Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 
  • Drain spinach well after cooking. (Do not omit this step.)
    Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 
  • In a bowl, mix heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.
    Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 
  • Return spinach to saucepan; add heavy cream mixture. Cook until hot and cheese has melted.
    Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 
  • Season generously with black pepper and salt, to taste.
    Creamed Spinach with Fresh Spinach is an easy, old-fashioned side dish that pairs with endless entrees. This creamed spinach with Parmesan cheese and heavy cream is reminiscent of a steakhouse creamed spinach recipe. 

Notes

  • As stated before, this creamed spinach recipe uses fresh spinach, not frozen. 
  • Spinach wilts down to almost nothing. Keep this in mind if you are making parmesan creamed spinach for a large crowd. Be sure to get an extra large bag from Costco or several of the regular sized bags.
  • Many bags of fresh spinach say "washed" or "triple washed".   You still need to wash it before making this creamy spinach recipe.  The reason being that the water that clings to itself after washing will help it wilt down during the cooking process.
  • Fresh garlic works best. It mast much more flavor that refrigerated, minced garlic.
  • Season generously with black pepper and salt to taste. 
  • Love creamed veggies? Try our Old Fashioned Creamed Peas recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 859mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14564IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 4mg

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