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Photo: Maria Robledo; Styling: Anna Last Photo by: Photo: Maria Robledo; Styling: Anna Last

Creamed Spinach

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.

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2009

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 173
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Sodium: 483mg
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 4g

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Creamed Spinach Recipe