This easy creamed spinach is an absolutely delicious side dish to serve with any family meal. Not only does it taste great, but it also has a creamy texture that goes well with a variety of main dishes.
Kitchen Time Savers
We’ve always enjoyed a variety of vegetables served in any number of ways. I also like to cut corners wherever I can, one reason why I like to use canned soups.
Although some people will only use fresh mushrooms, I like to have the canned variety on hand.
One reason is that they have a longer shelf life. Another is that after they’re cooked in a dish I can’t tell the difference.
Easy Creamed Spinach Ingredients
All of these ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store. In fact, you might even have some in your pantry!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this creamed spinach recipe:
- Spinach (either coarse-cut or finely chopped spinach)
- Cream soup
- Milk (or heavy cream)
- Salt and black pepper (optional)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
My husband and I are big fans of mushrooms, so we add more than what is in the soup. I like both fresh and canned mushrooms.
If you want to make this with homemade soup, here’s a delicious recipe for cream of mushroom soup.
Other ingredients you can add:
- Cream cheese
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
How to Make Easy Creamed Spinach
Sauté the onions on medium heat until they are translucent. Add the minced garlic and stir.
While they are cooking, drain the thawed chopped spinach. I like to press on it to squeeze out excess moisture.
Next, combine the spinach with the onions in the saucepan. Add the cream of mushroom soup, milk, and nutmeg.
We like mushrooms, so I added those. If you prefer not to add them, leave them out. You can also substitute celery if you prefer.
Taste it to see if it has enough salt. If not, add as much as it needs. Since salt is such a personal taste, I don’t want to recommend it unless it needs it.
Finally, give it another stir and cook on medium-high heat until it bubbles. You may serve it as is or turn it into a casserole.
If you want to make this into a casserole, grease the bottom of a casserole dish and pour all of the ingredients into it. Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes.
Remove it from the oven and sprinkle with crumbled potato chips. Return it to the oven for another 5 minutes.
Benefits of Spinach
There are many reasons that we are encouraged to add spinach to our diets. It’s good in so many ways.
According to Medical News Today, spinach provides quite a few nutrients that include vitamins, minerals, protein, and iron. Like most leafy green vegetables, spinach is good for your hair, skin, and bone health.
Spinach is loaded with potassium that helps maintain a healthy blood pressure. It also contains chlorophyll that helps fight the free radicals that cause cancer.
If you think you don’t care for spinach, try a different recipe. Perhaps you simply didn’t care for the way it was prepared.
My husband and I both enjoy this flavor-packed apple spinach salad. Sometimes we have it before a meal, and other times, it’s our main side dish.
If you still don’t like it, toss a little bit into smoothies. Or chop it up into tiny pieces and toss it into soups and stews.
It’s important to eat as many leafy greens as possible. So keep trying different ways to eat spinach for its nutritional value.
More Versatile Side Dishes
It’s nice to have a variety of side dishes that can be mixed and matched to create different meals.
Whether you’re cooking a regular family dinner or preparing a special meal, this creamed spinach is delicious!
It’s also perfect for a holiday dinner because it goes with so many different foods.
Delicious Dessert Recipes
If you like coconut, try this delicious coconut cream pie from Out of the Box Baking. Everything that my friend Janice has on this site is absolutely wonderful!
Speaking of coconut, if you’re hosting any type of get-together, make these yummy coconut balls. They’ll disappear quickly, so it’s always a good idea to have some extras in the fridge.
This decadent pineapple pie is currently one of my favorite desserts. And it’s also a big hit at potlucks!
- One 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1/2 cup of chopped onions
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (or other cream-based soup)
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Mushrooms, fresh or canned (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium-size saucepan, sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the minced garlic.
- Add the spinach, cream of mushroom soup, milk, and nutmeg to the saucepan.
- Add salt if you feel that it needs it.
- If you want to add mushrooms, stir them in now. You may use either fresh or canned. However, if you use fresh, it will take a few minutes longer to cook.
- Mix well. Heat on medium until the mixture begins to bubble.
- Serve hot.
If you want to serve this as a casserole, pour it into a casserole dish that is sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with crumbled potato chips. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 63Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 436mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.