Buttery Spinach-Havarti Bake


Veggie lovers, this one's for you. Thirty ounces of chopped spinach get a makeover when layered with Havarti cheese. And like the best easy casseroles, this one's ready in just three steps.

Buttery Spinach-Havarti Bake
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
3 cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground white pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 3 10 ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry

  • 4 ounce Havarti cheese, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. For topping, in a small bowl combine panko and the 2 tablespoons melted butter; set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan heat the 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until melted. Add flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt, white pepper, and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Stir in spinach.

  3. Spread half of the spinach mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with topping. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and topping is golden. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
16g Fat
14g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 524mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2.6mg 13%
Calcium 290mg 22%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 503mg 11%
Folate, total 165mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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