Side Dishes

Quick Spinach Italiano

You can whip up this side dish in about 5 minutes.


  • 1 pound frozen spinach leaves (cut, not chopped, works best), partially thawed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (available in bags and tubs)


  1. Add olive oil to large, nonstick frying pan or skillet and heat oil until hot, but not smoking, over medium heat. Add garlic; saute for 30 seconds or so.
  2. Stir in the spinach leaves; saute for a few minutes or until spinach is tender.
  3. Add pepper to taste. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top and serve.

4 servings

Nutritional Information:
Nutritional Information Per serving: 79 calories, 4 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 5.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g fiber, 98 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 59%.

© 2006 Elaine Magee

Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2006