Fresh Spinach Madeline


Most recipes for spinach Madeline call for frozen spinach and they end up rather soupy. This spinach Madeline turns out creamy with a slight kick.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package baby spinach, roughly chopped

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion

  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • cup shredded habanero-flavored cheese (such as Cabot®)

  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs


  1. Place spinach and water in a microwave-safe steamer. Microwave until spinach is wilted down, about 2 minutes. Drain off liquid and set spinach aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk in flour to create a paste. Season with salt. Pour in half-and-half, whisking continuously until smooth. Add onion, garlic, ancho chile powder, and cayenne, whisking until incorporated. Add spinach.

  4. Set aside 2 tablespoons habanero-flavored cheese. Stir remaining cheese into the spinach mixture and spoon into a small oval baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and bread crumbs.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn on the oven's broiler and broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
28g Fat
16g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 549mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 33mg 165%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 739mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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