RecipeSautéed Spinach

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 70
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: 4.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 g
  • Total Sugar: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 390 mg

Spinach is a beloved superfood—in fact, it’s one of my personal favorites. The leafy green is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants to help protect your body from head to toe. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin C to help strengthen immunity. And of course, it’s easy to prepare and totally delish. It’s the star of this simple side, which works well with a variety of entrées. Whip it up and consider adding a few optional toppers (including fresh grated Parm, red pepper flakes, lemon juice) depending on your guests’ preferences.

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This recipe makes about 3 servings
  • • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ shallot, finely chopped, optional
  • • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • •10 to 12 ounces baby spinach leaves (~8 cups)
  • • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • • Optional toppers: Fresh lemon juice and crushed red pepper flakes

In a large, wide pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high flame and sauté the optional chopped shallot until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic for the last minute (so it becomes fragrant and slightly browned, but doesn’t burn).

Add as much of the spinach that will fit in the pot and occasionally toss with tongs. As it wilts down, keep adding more until the entire bag is used up. This should take about two minutes.

Turn the heat to high, and cook the spinach for another minute or so, stirring continuously, until the spinach is wilted and well sautéed. Mix in the salt and pepper.

Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to brighten it up (start with 1 tablespoon and increase from there) and some crushed red pepper flakes for heat.