Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach Recipe
Photo: Maria Robledo; Styling: Anna Last
Instead of relying on butter and cream, you can re-create the silky texture of this childhood favorite with low-fat milk and reduced-fat cream cheese.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 173
Fat 10 g
Satfat 4 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 483 mg
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrate 15 g
Fiber 6 g
Sugars 4 g


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 8-ounce bar reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup 1 percent milk
2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, 6 to 7 minutes.

Add the cream cheese and milk and cook, stirring, until the cream cheese is melted.

Squeeze any excess liquid out of the spinach, add the spinach to the sauce, and cook until the mixture is heated through and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the nutmeg.

Sara Quessenberry and Kate Merker,

Real Simple

February 2009
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