close-up of creamed spinach with cheese in serving platter

Cheesy Creamed Spinach

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Easy recipe for classic steak-house creamed spinach with a cheddar twist.



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, preferably white pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 15-ounces baby spinach, washed and spun dry
  • 1 ½ cup, 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar


  1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven or soup pot with avocado oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring until the garlic is fragrant and lightly browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add flour and stir to form a paste.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in milk until smooth. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Return to medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, whisking often.
  3. Add spinach, in batches, covering and allowing to wilt so it can fit, until it is completely wilted.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • When ready to reheat, gently stir in a non-stick skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming hot –  being sure to not overheat it. Alternatively, reheat leftovers in an oven-proof baking dish at 350 for 30 minutes. 
  • Feel free to use a 10-ounce package of frozen spinach in this recipe.  Thaw and drain well.  Make cheese sauce and the thawed, drained spinach and heat through. 
  • To make gluten-free, omit flour slurry and instead use a slurry with 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of milk.  
  • Feel free to swap out another quick-cooking green such as swiss chard in this recipe. 


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup each
  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 536 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 12 g
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