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5 from 3 votes

Clean Eat Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Tender spinach in a creamy, silky smooth cheesy white sauce is the perfect side dish for any meal. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Kitrusy



  • Boil a pot of salted water and add the spinach. Boil for 5 minutes, strain, remove, and blanch the spinach in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Melt the butter in a saute pan on medium heat and add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent. 
  • Turn the heat to low and add the flour. Stir to allow the flour to absorb all the fat and cook evenly for a few minutes.
  • Add the milk, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). When it thickens, add the broth and continue whisking. Season with salt, pepper, and if using, nutmeg.
  • Add the cheese and whisk until fully melted and incorporated. Once the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth, add the spinach and stir to incorporate until evenly distributed.
  • Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator.


  • Add more milk or broth as necessary until you get the desired consistency.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 943mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10910IU | Vitamin C: 35.1mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 3.4mg