The Best Creamed Spinach

serves 6-8

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3  (16 oz.)  packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • 1  (8 oz.) package cream cheese, cut into six pieces
  • 1  1/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350F.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.  Add one package of frozen spinach at a time to the skillet and cook until spinach is completely thawed. Continue process until all packages are used; this should take about 15 minutes.  Stir in freshly grated nutmeg, and season with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Slowly stir in cream cheese and let it sit in the spinach mixture for about 5 minutes to melt and then stir into the spinach until well incorporated. To finish the creamed spinach mixture, stir in 1 cup Parmesan cheese.

Transfer creamed spinach to a  9 x 13 inch baking dish and top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until mixture is bubbling and the edges are golden. Serve warm.