BAKED SPINACH CASSEROLE loaded with cheese and bacon makes a decadent side dish that is easy enough for any night of the week, but special enough for holiday dinners. Only x net carbs per serving, too!
I have no problem sneaking spinach into salads in my house. The kids will eat it just fine without complaint.
I also sneak spinach into their smoothies most of the time.
But cooked spinach? They’re usually not a fan.Enter this baked spinach recipe – it’s packed with cream cheese, monterey jack cheese, eggs, and bacon.
Either way, this baked spinach is a decadent cheesy dish that is easy enough to make any night, but fancy enough for company or even a holiday dinner. Love dishes like that!
How to make cheesy baked spinach:
This recipe is super simple and starts off with a couple packs of frozen spinach. You’ll want to be sure to thaw it and drain as much liquid as you can from the spinach.
To drain the spinach well, I place it in a colander and press it down to squeeze out as much liquid as I can.
Add your spinach to a mixing bowl along with some cream cheese, monterey jack, fried bacon, whisked eggs, butter, garlic, and salt and pepper.
Stit the mixture all up. It doesn’t look like much here, but man this bakes up into something tasty.
Spread your spinach mixture into a 9×9 baking dish and pop it all in the oven.
This spinach casserole bakes up in about 35 minutes.
Is this dish spinach souffle?
I actually discovered this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine and tweaked it just a tiny bit. It was called spinach souffle, but it’s not at all like a traditional souffle that puffs and rises, so I’ve renamed it.
I wanted to go ahead and mention spinach souffle here though, because that was it’s original name and readers may recognize it if they stalk Taste of Home magazines the way I do. 😉
I try to eat spinach often, because it is a great source of magnesium and potassium, both of which I have to watch while on a keto diet.
Keeping your electrolytes in balance while eating low carb or keto can be tricky, because the diet often acts as a diuretic (meaning you’re peeing out those electrolytes).
I notice when mine are out of balance when I get heart palpatations, charley horses, fatigue, and brain fog. Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor or health care professional and if you’re having these issues it is important to visit your doctor. This is just what this signals to me after years of listening to my body.
Spinach has 3g carbs and 2g fiber per 2 cups of raw spinach. That’s pretty impressive!
More low carb spinach recipes:
Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops: This is an easy way to dress up pork chops!
Low Carb Stuffed Peppers: These are basically filled with spinach artichoke dip!
Stuffed Chicken Breast: The most popular recipe on my site!
Tuscan Chicken: The sauce is worth dreaming about.
Cauliflower Salad: Loaded with things like pepperoni, salami, banana peppers, and of course, spinach!
- 20 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes
- 1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
- 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
- Spread mixture into a 8x8 baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is set.
- Serve immediately.
The original recipe from Taste Of Home called for a full 8 ounces of cream cheese, but we find this to be extremely rich and more like a spinach dip.
Use pepperjack cheese to give it a bit of a kick, if you prefer.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 374 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 200mg Sodium: 799mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 20g