Creamed Spinach

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ pound bacon, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 24 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • nutmeg, dash
  • 1 cup whipping cream, plus extra 1/4 cup if needed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter and cook bacon until lightly browned.
  2. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  3. Add spinach, red bell pepper and garlic and cook until warm.
  4. Reduce heat and set aside.
  5. Using a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter; stir in flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg; slowly whisk in the cream; stir in cream cheese.
  6. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until creamy.
  7. Add whipping cream as needed.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer.
  9. Stir as needed.
  10. When serving top with additional Parmesan cheese.