Easy Creamed Spinach

This creamed spinach with cream cheese and Parmesan is reminiscent of the crowd-pleaser you'd get at an old-school steakhouse but saves you about 70 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat and up to 1,000 milligrams sodium over restaurant versions.

Parmesan Creamed Spinach
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 1 pound spinach

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 1 minute. Add spinach in batches, cooking and stirring occasionally until completely wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Continue cooking, pressing the spinach against the sides to release as much water as possible, until most of the water evaporates, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, Parmesan and pepper. Return the pot to low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until well combined and the cheese melts, about 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
11g Fat
10g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Potassium 124mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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