Linda's Spinach In Garlic Sauce

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is absolutely delicious! I created this recipe for the first time at Thanksgiving this year, and got rave reviews. Try it, your family will love it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup flour
  • 4 12 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, add more to your taste
  • 3 lbs fresh cleaned spinach (I buy in 1 lb. bags)
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I used coarse ground pepper)


  1. Slice or dice the butter into small pieces, and melt it over low heat in a NON-aluminum saucepan.
  2. It's important to avoid aluminum, because it tends to turn light-colored sauces an unappetizing gray hue.
  3. When the butter has begun to foam and bubble, vigorously mix in the flour with a wooden spoon, or wire whisk.
  4. If you want your final sauce to be white, make absolutely sure not to let the roux turn brown.
  5. If it does begin to get tinged with beige, turn down the burner, or remove the pot from the heat altogether, to let the roux cool down for a few seconds.
  6. Let cook and bubble 2-3 minutes, until the roux is smooth, and has the consistency of cake frosting.
  7. This removes the floury taste.
  8. When making a roux-based sauce, always be sure that the roux and the liquid (milk or stock) are different temperatures before you combine them.
  9. If the roux is hot, the liquid should be cold; if the roux is cold, the liquid should be hot.
  10. Combining the 2 ingredients at different temperatures allows them to heat up at a moderate rate, not too fast, and not too slow, ensuring a velvety-smooth, lump-free sauce.
  11. If you're not yet a sauce expert, try the hot liquid/cold roux approach first.
  12. That way, you can gradually add roux until the sauce is the exact thickness you like.
  13. Gradually stir in milk, and garlic powder.
  14. Bring to boil, and then reduce heat.
  15. Let simmer 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.
  16. Keep warm.
  17. Cook 3 lbs of fresh spinach in boiling water, for about 5 minutess.
  18. You don't want it to be mushy, just al dente.
  19. Strain, and put in serving dish.
  20. Pour sauce over spinach.
  21. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.


Most Helpful

A delicious addition to our buffet table this year for Thanksgiving! Went great with our spread! I can't believe this doesn't have lots of reviews already!

Janey FL November 28, 2009

Excellent! With as many recipes as I used from your cookbook Linda, I might as well have just come to your house for Thanksgiving :) but so many of them sounded so good I couldn't pass them up. This one was no exception. Packed with flavor, and definately a great addition to my holiday menu! Everyone requested this again for Christmas dinner, so it's a go! Thanks for sharing it with all of us on Zaar! Debbie

CooksSoGood November 23, 2007

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