20 spinach recipes you absolutely must try

Popeye would surely tell you that every day is National Spinach Day, but it actually falls on March 26. Take a note from the Sailor Man and honor this most sacred spinach day (and get some added iron, potassium, and other minerals) any time you want with one of these 20 recipes.


Creamed spinach

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Creamed spinach is one of those dishes that sounds kind of gross, but it’s actually delicious. Come on, it’s essentially just spinach, butter, cream, and three types of cheese. Morton’s Steakhouse is famous for theirs, and you can replicate it at home with this recipe from Dinner Then Dessert.


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Creamy tomato pasta with sausage

Creamy tomato pasta with sausage

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Spinach only has a supporting role in this dish, but it’s a nice complement to the robust rigatoni, creamy tomato sauce, and hearty sausage. Still, the amount of spinach should not be understated. This Joyous Apron recipe calls for two full cups!


Green smoothie

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Italian wedding soup

Italian wedding soup

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One of our favorite soups is Italian wedding soup, hands down. (And hands down is a difficult thing for Italians to do.) It’s named for the blissful union of meatballs and spinach, but it also notably features acini de pepe (or orzo) pasta. Class up your cooking with this recipe from Cooking Classy.



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There are numerous styles of custard pie known as quiche, and an endless number of ingredient combinations. This version from Once Upon a Chef features a bit of French flair, some Spanish style, and a whole lot of spinach.



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Easily our absolute favorite spinach dish, this Greek specialty mixes spinach, feta cheese, and garlic; wraps the whole thing in phyllo dough; and bakes it to flaky perfection. Feel Good Foodie makes it feel easy.


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Spinach and artichoke dip

Spinach and artichoke dip

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This spinach and artichoke dip also features cauliflower, so it certainly has its health benefits. Of course, this recipe from Love & Lemons also includes a heaping scoop of cheddar cheese, but there’s also half a cup of Greek yogurt!


Spinach gnocchi

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Making spinach gnocchi from scratch is certainly an adventure, but it’s a fun one! Don’t be intimidated—Food With Feeling can make it a snap. And these gnocchi complements pretty much any sauce, so pick your favorite.


Spinach lasagna

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Spinach can be a welcome ingredient to your next lasagna bake if you’re looking to add some healthy nutrients. If you want to go even healthier, try this skinny spinach lasagna recipe from Pinch of Yum. It uses nonfat ricotta and only 2 tbsp of butter, limiting each of the 12 servings to just 326 calories.


Spinach omelet

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Omelets are an easy way to get spinach into your diet, and of course, they taste great, too! It’s as easy as adding a handful of greens the next time you’re cooking breakfast, or you could follow these instructions from AllRecipes.


Spinach puffs

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Spinach, cream cheese, feta, parmesan, and bacon go into these spinach puffs from Well Plated. The puffs are equal parts impressive and adorable but are also much easier than they look. 


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Spinach quesadilla

Spinach quesadilla

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Quesadillas are pretty simple: just melt some cheese between a flour tortilla or two, right? But that’s too simple. This spinach quesadilla from Girl Heart Food calls for a dozen ingredients, and every single one is absolutely worth it. Don’t worry, it’s still simple stuff like spinach, mozzarella, feta, and some spices.


Spinach ravioli

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Spinach and ricotta get mixed together and nestled into little pockets of pasta perfection in this recipe from Alpha Foodie. Don’t be intimidated, as they’ll explain two different ways to roll out the ravioli and three different ways to seal it.


Spinach soup

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Cooked spinach can lose some of its nutrients, but this spinach soup recipe from The Spruce Eats sets aside half the spinach and blends it with the cooked soup. That way the nutrients get preserved and the soup takes on a beautiful green hue.


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Spinach-stuffed chicken

Spinach-stuffed chicken

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We love a juicy baked chicken breast, and we especially love it when it’s stuffed with spinach and cheese. This version from Cooktoria uses three types of cheese—cream cheese, mozzarella, and feta—and includes a helpful video.


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Spinach-stuffed salmon

Spinach-stuffed salmon

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Strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry spinach salad

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There are a lot of spinach salad options, but our favorite kind is nearly any summer salad that features strawberries—which we’ll eat in any season! This one from Craving Some Creativity also features blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, and cucumbers, and is tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. You could use your favorite dressing variety, or the recipe can explain how to make it from scratch.


Stuffed shells

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“What are the stuffed shells stuffed with?” you might ask. Cheese and spinach, of course! In this recipe from Fork Knife Swoon, mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan are all invited.


Tuscan chicken

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A lot goes into the sauce for Tuscan chicken, but your family (and your stomach) will thank you. If you follow this recipe from the Cozy Cook, you’ll need chicken broth, heavy cream, white wine, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic, tomato paste, cornstarch, cream cheese, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, a bouillon cube, and, of course, spinach. 

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