Cacio e Pepe Creamed Spinach

cacio e pepe creamed spinach
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  • 8Servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces Pecorino Romano, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 1/2 pounds whole-leaf frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry


1. Preheat the broiler. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium. Add the shallots and garlic; cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and nutmeg; cook, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream; cook, stirring often, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Whisk in half the cheese and 1 tsp. pepper.

2. Add the spinach. Cook, stirring often, until hot and well combined, about 5 minutes. Transfer to an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese browns, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with more pepper. Let cool 10 minutes.