Spinach Casserole is a bright and creamy dish made with garlic, shallots, cream, nutmeg, spinach, feta cheese, and parmesan. It’s the perfect vegetarian side dish for dinner or to bring to a potluck or holiday party. It’s definitely a crowd favorite!
What is Spinach Casserole?
This spinach casserole recipe is keto-friendly and can easily be altered to fit your tastes and preferences. Add other ingredients to make it a breakfast or dinner dish with additional vegetables or meat. It’s easy to make ahead of time and a great option any night of the week to make a complete meal.
- 3 tablespoon butter: Unsalted butter allows you to better control the amount of salt added to the dish.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced: One tablespoon of garlic adds a little punch of flavor to the dish.
- 2 shallots, sliced: You can buy shallots in the produce section of the grocery store. If you can’t find them, you can finely dice a quarter of red onion.
- 1 1⁄4 cups cream: Heavy cream makes this dish wonderfully creamy.
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg: A pinch of nutmeg is a classic pairing with spinach. It’s completely optional.
- 21 ounces of spinach: You can use fresh or frozen spinach here.
- 2 ounces feta cheese: Salty cheese is perfect for this casserole.
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan: You can shred a block of parmesan or buy it pre-shredded.
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour: A little flour thickens up the cream and makes a sauce.
How to make spinach casserole:
Here’s a brief overview of how to make this dish. See the recipe card below for the specific recipe instructions.
1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Melt butter and cook shallots until soft and slightly golden. Add garlic and flour, cook for 1 minute.
3. Mix shallots with spinach, add feta and cream. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and bring to a boil.
4. When the sauce gets thicker, remove from heat and transfer into a baking pan.
5. Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
Tips for success:
Here are a few tips for success and variations you can try to make this the best spinach casserole you've ever had.
- To give this dish a different flavor profile, substitute the nutmeg with cayenne powder, cardamom, celery seeds, or coriander.
- Add small pasta, rice, or quinoa to make this casserole more filling.
What other vegetables can I add to this casserole?
You can add some extra veggies to this dish to make it healthier and into a whole meal. Try some artichokes, mushrooms, potatoes, broccoli, butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, or kale.
Can I add meat to this dish?
You can add meat to this casserole to make it into a complete meal. Try ground chicken, sausage, bacon, turkey, ham, shrimp, salmon, or beef. Any of these would taste amazing with this creamy spinach dish. You wouldn’t even need to add any side dishes.
What can I serve with spinach casserole?
This spinach casserole is a delicious side dish that can be served with stuffed portobello mushrooms, pepper-crusted steak, roasted herb pork loin, crusty white bread, macaroni and cheese, hash browns, tortellini, or a fruit salad. The key is to balance the creaminess of this spinach dish with other textures and flavors.
How to store:
Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat it in the microwave with 30-second increments until it’s hot all the way through.
To freeze the entire casserole, wrap it in aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Label it with what it is, how to cook, and the date. Labeling will help you remember later. Remember that if you cook it from frozen, it will take longer to cook in the oven without thawing first. Keep the foil on until the last 30 minutes of cooking so the top can brown.
Can I make spinach casserole in an instant pot?
Yes, you can make this casserole in a pressure cooker. If you want to pull out the instant pot or need to use the oven for something else, you can cook it this way. Pour the mixture into the bowl of the pressure cooker, seal the lid, and set the time to 20 minutes. Release the pressure, carefully remove the lid, and serve it hot.
What can I top spinach casserole with?
Top this casserole with walnuts, sliced almonds, pepitas, breadcrumbs, or fried onion strings.
Can I make this casserole in a slow cooker?
To make this creamed dish in a crockpot, combine all the ingredients, pour the mixture into the bowl of the slow cooker, place the lid on, and cook for four hours. Serve it hot.
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 1 1⁄4 cups cream
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 21 ounces spinach
- 2 ounces feta cheese
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Melt butter and cook shallots until soft and slightly golden. Add garlic and flour, cook for 1 minute.
- Mix shallots with spinach, add feta and cream. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and bring to a boil.
- When the sauce gets thicker, remove from heat and transfer into a baking pan.
- Top with parmesan cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g