Spinach Provençale

Spinach in November

Spinach in November

By Cat, June 2013; updated Aug 2016 (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

I’m beginning to harvest spinach from my first garden, and looking for ways to use it besides simply braised or added as a green to salad.  I vaguely remembered a creamy, cheesy baked spinach dish from my vegetarian years, but searched through all my cookbooks without finding it.

Then one day I was casually looking through The Vegetarian Epicure, by Anna Thomas, for something inspiring to try.  And I happened upon the recipe for Spinach Provençale.  “This sounds good,” I said to myself.  And as I read the recipe, I realized it was the one I searched for in vain!

See also: 1. Sides and Condiments Menu2. Creamed Spinach

Spinach Provençale

This recipe is  easy to fix, and won’t heat up your kitchen too much on a hot summer day.  I like to bake it in a small souffle dish.  It will puff up a bit, then fall as it cools, like a souffle.  Don’t be alarmed at this.

Ingredients & Equipment:

  • 2 lb. fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup freshly-grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • Unrefined sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • Equipment
  • large skillet or saucier
  • small bowl
  • medium-size baking or souffle dish


  1. Wash spinach and drain. Chop onion and mince garlic. Preheat oven to 3750F.
  2. Heat oil in skillet; saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes.  When onion is transparent, add spinach and cover tightly.  Steam about 2 minutes.  Stir into oil and onions, and cook a few minutes longer.  Remove from heat.
  3. Butter baking dish.  When spinach has cooled slightly, stir in 2 beaten eggs and half of the grated cheese.  Season to taste and pour into the prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and dot with butter.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 – 15 minutes, and serve steaming hot.


  1. Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas; see Beloved Cookbooks for more about this book.

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