Check the spinach leaves and discard any leaves with blemishes. Cut large leaves into strips. Rinse the spinach and set aside.
Over high heat, set a 6 quart sauce pot with 4 quarts of water. When water begins to boil, place the spinach in it, add a teaspoon of salt and blanch for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon place the spinach in a colander and set aside.
Combine the olive oil and the garlic in a 10 inch skillet and place over a medium heat. When the garlic turns golden in color, remove skillet from the heat.
Combine the spinach with the garlic then place skillet back over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender. Taste for salt, add crushed red pepper and pepper to taste.