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The CHEESIEST Spinach Casserole

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!

White baking pan and wooden spoon

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!

spinach casserole recipe on white plate

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.

spinach casserole ingredients in a glass bowl

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.

baked spinach casserole in a white baking sheet

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. 😉 

cheesy spinach souffle on a white plate with a fork

Spinach nutrition:

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!

cheesy spinach recipe
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!

white plate of spinach casserole

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cheesy spinach recipe

Spinach Casserole

Easy, cheesy, and totally decadent baked spinach!

Yield 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  3. Spread mixture into a 8x8 baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is set.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

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: 374Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 799mgCarbohydrates: 7gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 20g

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36 thoughts on “The CHEESIEST Spinach Casserole”

  1. Absolutely LOVE the spinach casserole, no problem getting hubby to chow down on this and he says he doesn’t like spinach… ha ha

  2. NEL FASTENAU

    Do you think I could use canned spinach, I know it is not as good, but I have several cans on hand.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’ve only made this with fresh spinach, so I’m really not sure. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with canned spinach before.

  3. I swapped the bacon from pork with shiitake mushroom bacon and left out the salt but everything else stayed the same and it was amazing!! Thank you for this recipe!!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m not sure what you mean by a crust? Some sort of crunchy topping would be good, if that’s what you’re thinking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Patricia Clayton

    Could you follow this recipe but use cauliflower or broccoli? I have a bunch of frozen bags to use up. I would steam the veggies first.

      1. Heather Nalette

        I make your amazing broccoli & cheese casserole. To change it up because it’s so good I keep wanting to make it, I do half & half, cauliflower & broccoli sometimes and it’s just as delicious!

    1. Patricia Clayton

      Thanks Karly for the response. I’m new to your site and so happy I accidentally discovered you.

  5. I so wish I could eat dairy. โ˜น Makes this diet super hard with delicious looking recipes like this one!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’m not sure how this one would freeze…sometimes cream cheese gets a little funky in the freezer.

  6. Yummee !!!! I made this w/out the bacon and was delicious! Thanks so much for your great recipes : )

  7. Made this tonight…loved it!!
    Minor changes…
    – 2 bags Wegmans frozen organic spinach which is in 12 oz bags
    – I used 8 strips of bacon (just because)
    – shredded Mexican blend cheese instead of the Monterey Jack (no spices or seasonings in it. It’s just a blend of Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asadero & Quesadilla Cheeses. A wonderful melty blend of cheeses)

    Pretty sure none of these additions would make it better than the original recipe, it’s just what I had on hand.
    Oh…I used unsalted butter and didn’t add the additional salt. Just thought there would be enough salt with the cheeses and the bacon. It was excellent.

    Great recipe..thank you!!

    1. Peggy Ressler

      Hi Janet. A 10 oz package of frozen spinach is the equivalent about a 1 pound bunch of fresh spinach. Hope this helps you. I plan to make this with fresh spinach, too.

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