Grandma can make a mean side dish, and make no mistake; this one is something special. Grandma’s Creamed Spinach is truly creamy, tangy, and hearty, with the leafy green spinach pairing beautifully with fragrant garlic in a creamy, rich sauce! There’s no stress and no debate around Grandma’s Creamed Spinach… it’s an amazing dish!


  • 3-4 bunches (2 1/2 pounds) flat-leaf spinach, trimmed, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • coarse salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ground nutmeg, to taste


Step 1 –In a large pot of salted, boiling water, add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute.

Step 2 –Drain the spinach in a colander and rinse it under cold water until it is cooled.

Step 3 –Squeeze the spinach to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 4 –Coarsely chop the spinach and set it aside.

Step 5 –In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.

Step 6 –Add the onions, the garlic, the salt, and the pepper and cook, while stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 7 –Add the cream cheese and the milk and cook, while stirring, until the cream cheese is melted and smooth.

Step 8 –Add the spinach and stir to combine.

Step 9 –Simmer the spinach mixture until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 10 –Add the nutmeg and stir or toss to combine.

Step 11 –Taste the spinach mixture for seasoning and add the salt and the pepper, as needed.

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Step 12 –Serve.