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Spinach Sauteed with Roasted Garlic

June 24, 2011 | Vegetables

When I was a kid, spinach was my very favorite vegetable. Fortunately, nobody else in the house liked it except my mom and me, so we always split the box of frozen spinach. When she was hospitalized for a minor surgery and I took over cooking dinners for the family, I was simply thrilled that I didn’t have to share the box with anyone. Well, I grew up, I learned to share, and I also learned that sauteing fresh baby spinach is infinitely better tasting.Remember how much I said Ellie helps in my office and the kitchen? Not so much with the photo shoots…This recipe couldn’t be easier. Heat up a couple of tablespoons of roasted garlic olive oil, add lots of spinach in a large pot, cook, stirring to turn over the raw leaves until it’s all wilted down. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy. That’s it – oh yea, and don’t forget to share!

Spinach Sauteed with Roasted Garlic
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic olive oil
  • 1½ pounds fresh baby spinach
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add spinach, handfuls at a time, and turn with tongs, adding more spinach, until all of the spinach has wilted down. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.



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  1. I could have written this post except for the opening line which would have been, ‘When I was a kid, spinach was least favorite vegetable.’

    Fast forward to adult years and having it both fresh and sauteed like this and all that has changed! This looks perfect.


  2. This is my favorite way to eat spinach. Just hot through with roasted garlic… the way the Italians serve it :-)
    Another friday’s favorite for sure !


  3. In my entire life I have never, ever heard anyone say that spinach was their favorite vegetable as a kid! :-) Well I know one thing, I love it now and think this sounds wonderful and it will be my side dish tonight for what ever entree ends up on our plate. Roasted garlic = yum.


    • What can I say, Lea Ann, I must have been weird! I didn’t like peas or carrots, which most kids love, but adored spinach!


  4. Just had to let you know that you were not the ONLY kid who loved spinach. It was my favorite as a kid (though we ate canned — I don’t how I loved that) and it’s my favorite now. Simply sauteed spinach with EVOO and garlic is my all time favorite.


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