This creamy spinach casserole recipe is a more sophisticated cousin to creamed spinach. It's perfect for weekend entertaining or as a holiday side dish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Press spinach in a mesh strainer to get out as much moisture as possible. Pulse in a food processor until very finely chopped.

  • Combine milk, flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup Cheddar, cottage cheese and the spinach.

  • Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer, slowly increasing the speed, until they begin to foam. Continue to beat until the whites hold their shape; do not overbeat. (You'll know they are ready when you lift the beaters out and the peak doesn't flop over.)

  • Gently fold the whites into the spinach mixture with a rubber spatula until uniform. (It's OK if a few white streaks remain.) Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake for 35 minutes. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar; continue baking until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes


To make ahead: Prepare Steps 2 & 3, refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before folding in egg whites.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; protein 13.5g; carbohydrates 10.1g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 3.1g; fat 6g; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 17.1mg; vitamin a iu 12677.9IU; vitamin c 5.9mg; folate 174.6mcg; calcium 289.6mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 90.7mg; potassium 473.2mg; sodium 391mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Healthy simple delicious A rocking recipe - add a little garlic and increase the amount of cottage cheese; a tasty-yummy side dish! I served it with smoked haddock... Pros: Quick healthy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Has potential I like the idea of thise casserole but I found it to lack flavor. And although I am not a salt person I had to add more to give the dish flavor. I'm thinking that feta may be the alteration I need for my taste so I'll try that next time. I don't understand why the dish calls for frozen full-leaf spinach when frozen chopped spinach would be much easier than having to put the full-leaf spinach in a food processor. I'll tweak that next time around as well. Overall I think this recipe has real potential. Pros: Healthy Cons: Lacked flavor (for me) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Okay but lacks flavor I agree with one of the previous reviewers that this has potential but does not have enough flavor. I had to add in an extra 1/2 cup of cheddar and substituted feta cheese and Greek yogurt for the cottage cheese. Even after that the flavor was only so-so. I had to season it with paprika basil and a little cayenne pepper Pros: healthy Cons: not enough flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Such a great side dish! My family loved this recipe! It was so good. I did a few substitutions. I added garlic salt for a little more flavor since other reviewers felt like it needed a little something. Instead of cottage cheese I actually added a 1/4 cup sour cream. This is my new go-to vegetable. It was really delicious. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yummy healthier alternative to creamed spinach Served this on Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. I'm health conscious so typically stay away from casseroles so was excited when I saw this lighter alternative. I used skim milk which worked out just fine. I also substituted gruyere cheese for the cheddar which was delicious but not as pretty of a presentation. Very good. Will definitely make again! Pros: healthier than traditional creamed spinach Read More