10 Ultra-Comforting Creamed Spinach Recipes

Creamed Spinach III
Photo: Brigita Dipold Smith

Creamed spinach: it's speedy, it's decadent, and it's a greens dish that's welcome at any table. Whether you're assembling can't-miss sides for a holiday meal or just elevating your weeknight dinners, these top-rated creamed spinach recipes offer tantalizing ways to unleash all the latent goodness inside this healthy green — vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and iron, for starters.

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Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach

close up of Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach and steak on a plate
Chef John

Chef John's take on creamed spinach is easier, quicker, and — believe it or not — a little lighter than the standard steakhouse side. If you're in a hurry, simply assemble the sauce and "wilt" the spinach inside the sauce to save some precious time.

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Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach
Theresa Wagner

"I had never made creamed spinach from scratch at home, so I was looking for a simple recipe," says community member Keri. "This was exactly what I was looking for! Even my daughter, who doesn't like cooked spinach, ate hers without complaint! Thanks for a great recipe that will absolutely be a regular in my kitchen :-)"

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Slow Cooker Creamed Spinach

creamed spinach made with cottage cheese

Simple and incredibly tasty, this creamed spinach is so decadent and cheesy it almost tastes like broccoli and rice casserole. Many community members note that this recipe doesn't have to slow cook for 5 hours; in fact, 2-3 hours works just as well.

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Creamed Spinach III

Creamed Spinach III
Brigita Dipold Smith

If you find yourself constantly hankering for Boston Market's creamed spinach, you're in luck — this recipe tastes almost exactly like it and only takes 40 minutes to come together. Mixing some nutmeg into the cream sauce adds just enough spice to complement the rich greens.

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Creamed Spinach with Onions and Bacon

Creamed Spinach with Onions and Bacon

Give your greens a savory dose of flavor by adding bacon and sautéed onions into the mix. This dish tastes even better with fresh garlic and some Parmesan cheese stirred into the cream sauce.

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Creamed Spinach II

Creamed Spinach II
beth abroms

This creamed spinach recipe comes together in about half the time thanks to a clever supermarket shortcut: condensed cream of mushroom soup. If you want to give it a little more substance, however, start off by sautéing some onions and minced garlic in butter.

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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Cheesy Creamed Spinach in a white dish

Fresh spinach, minced garlic, Parmesan, provolone, and garlic work together to up this classic side's decadence. Try it on its own as a side, or mix with chicken and a long pasta such as fettuccine or linguine for a purely comforting meal.

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Quick Creamed Spinach

Quick Creamed Spinach
Joey Joan

This creamed spinach gets a flavorful edge thanks to a homemade roux (simply mix equal parts butter and flour in a pan and slowly add water reserved from draining the spinach, whisk, and let simmer for 10-20 minutes). If you prefer a creamed spinach with a little more cream, add a bit of milk or heavy cream.

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Tofu Creamed Spinach

Tofu Creamed Spinach in a bowl with bread

If you're looking to cut some of the fat from creamed spinach, you'll want to try this unexpected ingredient: silken tofu. Nobody will ever know you only used one tablespoon of butter and no cream whatsoever.

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Creamed Spinach for a Small Family

Creamed Spinach for a Small Family

This smaller portion of creamed spinach is perfect for a romantic night in or any occasion when you only have one bag of greens. Think steakhouse taste, but at diner prices.

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