JB’s Creamy Sautéed Spinach, Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions


This is an extremely scrumptious recipe introduced to me by my friend Jana. Our test kitchen (Me 🙂 ) found it to be very versatile; great mixed with pasta, served alone as a side dish with grilled or baked meat or fish or the filling for panini…really fantastic! Thanks for the delicious introductions & your amazing photos, JB!! Recipe adapted from JuliasAlbum

This is what Julia had to say about this incredible recipe, “The flavors of mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, garlic, and Parmesan cheese mingle really well in this vegetarian dish. It’s quite versatile: you can eat it as-is, especially if you’re craving some good-tasting, creamy vegetables.  You can serve it alongside some pasta, ravioli or ready made tortellini. It is also great with grilled steak, pork, or chicken.

For me, personally, this is a favorite side dish for grilled meats. The recipe is flexible: you can exclude the creamy sauce and Parmesan cheese, if you’re trying to eat a little bit healthier (even though the recipe doesn’t use much of either). You can also omit onions if you don’t like them, or, if you don’t have time to caramelize them, just sauté them.”



Step 1. Caramelized Onions

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 onions, medium or large, sliced

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Step 2. Adding mushrooms and spinach:

1 tablespoon olive oil

10 or 15 small mushrooms, sliced (such as button mushrooms, shiitake, oyster, etc.)

3 garlic cloves, minced

pinch of salt

3 cups spinach

Optional Cream Sauce

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

Tips: Makes A Quick & Easy Ranch Spinach Dip


Step 1. Caramelized Onions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on high heat in a large skillet, when oil is heated, add sliced onions and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring with spatula. The onions should start to brown, but without burning (a couple of onions may be burnt here and there, but overall they should not be charred).

Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking onions for 10 more minutes, continuing to stir, as onions brown even more without burning. At this point add just a pinch of salt over onions.

Continue cooking for 10 more minutes on medium or low heat, stirring occasionally to make sure onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn. Total you should have cooked onions for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and sprinkle onions with a small amount of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Using spatula, mix the onions, scraping the bottom of the pan and coating onions with a pinch of balsamic vinegar you just added.

Step 2. Adding Mushrooms and Spinach

After you have started cooking onions, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in another pan, and add sliced mushrooms (I used shiitake with stems removed, you can use any small sized mushrooms) and minced garlic. Add just a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook mushrooms and garilc covered for about 20 minutes, occasionally stirring.

Add cooked mushrooms to the pan with caramelized onions, add 3 cups of spinach and stir on low heat just until spinach wilts. Serve as is as a side dish or proceed to make a creamy sauce as below.

Optional Cream Sauce

Add heavy cream, milk, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the mushroom-onions-spinach mixture on medium-low heat and mix. Stir to coat on low heat for about 5-10 minutes until Parmesan cheese melts and starts to coat the vegetables.

Serve as a side dish along grilled meats. Yield: 4 servings



2 Comments Add yours

  1. snowfox66 says:

    I wish it was mine! 🙂 Great recipe. (My public name not name as writer or Pagan is JB)

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    1. “JB” Just Beautiful 🙂

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