Creamed Spinach Casserole

Creamed Spinach Casserole is a side dish worthy of the holiday table! Tender, fresh spinach is simmered in an Asiago-cream cheese sauce, topped with buttery bread crumbs and baked until perfectly bubbly. Serve this Creamed Spinach Casserole alongside a holiday roast or set on your weeknight dinner table.

Asiago-Cream Cheese Sauce

The base of this whole casserole is a decadently smooth and delicious Asiago-cream cheese sauce. It is made from a garlicky-onion roux, heavy cream, cream cheese and shredded Asiago cheese. The combination of it all is so good! The Asiago cheese really sets it apart. If you don’t have Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese or an Italian Blend can also be used. But, I highly recommend giving Asiago a try! It is more creamy than Parmesan and has a slight salty-nutty taste to it that can’t be replaced. 

Spinach

Traditionally, a spinach casserole uses frozen spinach, but I love to use fresh! For one, I think it is easier to use than frozen (no defrosting, squeezing and draining here!). But, I also think it has a much better taste and texture! The fresh spinach holds up nicely to the cream sauce instead of disintegrating into it. 

Fresh spinach will wilt down quite a bit once it is cooked, so don’t be alarmed if it seems like an overwhelming amount of spinach going into the pan! Work in batches so that you don’t loose all your spinach off the sides. 

 

Breadcrumb Topping

Buttery breadcrumb topping? Yes please! Everything is better with a little buttery breadcrumb topping, if you ask me. For this recipe, I like to use plain breadcrumbs. Flavored breadcrumbs can be a bit over-powering for this particular dish. We really want the creamy spinach underneath the breadcrumbs to shine! Think of the breadcrumb topping as the back-up singers. Wouldn’t be the same without them but doesn’t take the spotlight!

Bake until the breadcrumb topping is golden brown and the creamy casserole is bubbly and delicious. 

Recipe Video:

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Creamed Spinach Casserole


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Creamed Spinach Casserole is a side dish worthy of the holiday table! Tender, fresh spinach is simmered in an Asiago-cream cheese sauce, topped with buttery bread crumbs and baked until perfectly bubbly. Serve this Creamed Spinach Casserole alongside a holiday roast or set on your weeknight dinner table.


Ingredients

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For the creamed spinach filling:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 16 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the breadcrumb topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs

Instructions

For the creamed spinach filling:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in the bottom of a large skillet or braiser on medium heat. Add in the onion and sauté until translucent, about a few minutes, avoiding any browning. Add in the garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the heavy cream until smooth. Add in the shredded Asiago and softened cream cheese and stir to combine. Simmer on low heat, whisking throughout, until the sauce is creamy, smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes
  3. Working in batches, add in the fresh spinach until wilted and combined. If the skillet used is not oven-safe, transfer the creamed spinach filling to a baking dish at this point.

For the breadcrumb topping:

  1. Combine the melted butter together with the breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Evenly top the creamed spinach with the breadcrumb topping.
  2. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Fresh spinach is preferred for this recipe. If using frozen, follow package instructions for defrosting and draining as extra liquid is not wanted in the recipe.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 730mg
  • Fat: 30.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 9.1g
  • Cholesterol: 96mg

Keywords: Creamed Spinach Casserole

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