Italian Sauteed Spinach

Sunday, April 26, 2020
If you love spinach here are two recipes below we love using fresh spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic.

The other recipe uses Brussels sprouts, spinach, and sliced almonds and also excellent.

I have only used fresh spinach leaves in my recipes but I have been told canned and frozen also will work with this simple side dish.

Spinach can be used in so many ways and so versatile.

Great for stuffing in a stromboli pizza dough, on a burger, in quiches, or just using this as a bed of spinach under some baked fish.

This versatile recipe can be spicy or plain depending on how much heat you like, and with the addition of a Utica grind of red pepper that's exactly how we serve ours.

If you love spinach, this is an easy way to serve it, and just adapt these recipes below to your taste.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for both recipes on Italian Style Sauteed Spinach and Spinach with Brussels Sprouts.

this is a sauteed spinach sandwich with red pepper flakes

Spinach A Healthy Vegetable

Spinach is a superfood loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package.

These dark, leafy greens will keep your skin, hair, and bones in good health.

It also provides protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.

Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B2.

So what are you waiting for, it's time to add spinach to your diet, and if you already love it, this is a delicious way below to eat it!

Check out two of my favorite recipes below and enjoy them, one is simple and plain and the other is gourmet style!

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Italian Sauteed Spinach

Scroll down to the printable card below for exact measurements and both recipes

Italian Style Spinach

  • fresh garlic sliced (or more taste)
  • fresh baby spinach washed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red pepper flakes for heat to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water, vegetable, or chicken broth
  • Hard Crusted Italian Bread

For The Spinach with Brussels Sprouts

  • chopped prosciutto or ham
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • fresh Brussels sprouts thinly sliced
  • fresh spinach
  • fresh minced garlic
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • coarsely ground black pepper to taste
  • chicken broth
  • sliced almonds or for allergies use pumpkin seeds
  • good grade balsamic vinegar

photo of fresh baby spinach leaves

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Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Spinach

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this is a close up sandwich photo of fried spinach


  1. Side Dish
  2. Stuffing for meats
  3. Sandwich
  4. Topping
  5. Stir Frys
  6. Roasted Vegetables
  7. Pizza Dough Stuffings
  8. Sandwiches

this is a large pan of sauteed spinach

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Italian Sauteed Spinach and Spinach with Brussels Sprouts

Italian Sauteed Spinach and Spinach with Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 4
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 8 MTotal time: 13 M
This is an Italian garlicky flavored sauteed spinach. The spinach is made with fresh baby spinach and is perfect for spinach lovers in Italian bread as a sandwich or side dish.


  • Italian Style Spinach
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic sliced (or more taste)
  • 1  15 - ounce bag of fresh baby spinach washed and left wet ( I never use canned or frozen, but you can if you like either one)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • red pepper flakes for heat to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water, vegetable or chicken broth
  • Hard Crusted Italian Bread


  1. For the Fried Italian Sauteed Spinach:
  2. In a large frying pan, add the oil and place the wet-washed spinach in the frying pan before it gets hot to avoid splattering.
  3. Saute the spinach adding salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste until it's wilted.
  4. This takes around 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. If it's not as tender as you prefer your spinach softer, just add more broth or water and continue to saute the spinach until the desired doneness.
  6. Bonus Recipe
  7.  Brussels Sprouts and Sauteed Spinach Recipe
  8. 1/4 pound chopped prosciutto or ham
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  10. 2 tablespoons butter
  11. 2 lbs fresh Brussels sprouts thinly sliced
  12. 2 cup fresh spinach
  13. 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  14. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  15. pinch of cayenne pepper
  16. coarsely ground black pepper to taste
  17. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  18. 1/2 cup sliced almonds or pumpkin seeds for allergies
  19. 1 tablespoon good grade balsamic vinegar
  20. Optional Topping:  Italian flavored bread crumbs mixed with Pecorino Romano Cheese.
  21. In a large nonstick saucepan, cook and stir prosciutto in olive oil for 3 minutes until crisp.
  22.  Remove from heat drain on a paper towel. 
  23. Add butter to drippings in the pan, add brussels sprouts, spinach, and garlic, salt, pepper cook and stir until they are tender. 
  24. Stir in the broth, boil.
  25.  Cook around 25 minutes or until the sprouts are tender, stir in walnuts, balsamic vinegar, and top with prosciutto.
  26. Topping is optional: sprinkle with Pecorino Romano Cheese mixed with Italian flavored Bread Crumbs.
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Italian Stuffed Meatloaf
Tomato Basil Spinach Soup
Spinach and Eggs
Spinach and Broccoli Pie

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Looks like a very yummy dinner! I could easily eat like this myself.

  2. Why not is right! I'm trying to eat more greens too and this is such a lovely idea!

  3. I like this vegetarian sandwich very much. Bye

  4. We adore spinach and this is perfect. I always make a double batch - sometimes do pine nuts and golden raisins. Mmmmm.

  5. Sauté spinach in garlic! hmmm adore greens like this! well I love when food hits me right in my face :o)

  6. Buonissimi gli spinaci e il tuo sandwich e molto gustoso. Ciao.

  7. This is my all time favorite way of making sauteed spinach. I never thought of putting it on a sandwich though. I like the idea though...some nice bread maybe a little cheese.MMMMmmmm...Sounds like a great lunch to me dear!

  8. looks so yummy,fresh and healthy!

  9. This is my favorite way of having spinach..and I agree with you..there is no better smell..maybe cinnamon rolls..than this one :)

  10. I love the kick of the red pepper flakes and it is so healthy too. Can't beat this recipe!

  11. This is gorgeous a recipe sandwich - I can feel also the delicious smell from here!



  12. perfectly wonderful Claudia, you are like a trip back to my nonnas house.

  13. I love spinach for so many reasons, not only the taste but the health benefits! I love this sandwich!

  14. This looks like it would make a wonderful dinner.

  15. Ho wonderful Claudia! I love the use of spinach in a sandwich. Do you ever do this with swiss chard?

    What nice yummy dinner!

    Ciao, Devaki

  16. A natural sandwich, it's perfect for a fast dinner!

  17. I prepare my spinach in the exact same way! So yummy!

  18. Wow, what a cool idea to have this as a sandwich. That must be so good, and you KNOW that's just my kind of thing!! See? Healthy can still be super flavorful. ; )


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