Spinach with pine nuts & garlic

Spinach with pine nuts & garlic

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(8 ratings)

5 mins work


Serves 6
A stylish side dish that's ready in a flash

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal127
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.84g
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  • 1kg fresh spinach, or 500g frozen leaf spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp pine nut
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed


  1. Wash the spinach thoroughly and cram into a large pan. Pour over a little boiling water, cover tightly and cook for 2-3 mins, until the leaves have wilted.

  2. Tip into a colander and drain well. Use the side of a small plate to press the spinach down to extract the last of the water. If using frozen, defrost in the microwave and drain.

  3. Meanwhile heat the oil, add the pine nuts and fry until golden. Add the garlic and fry briefly, then stir in the spinach and stir until heated through. Season and serve in a warm side dish.

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Rick Haslam's picture
Rick Haslam
27th Nov, 2019
I wanted to do this but didn't have fresh so used frozen spinach. I thawed it, squeezed the water out and sautéd it with garlic and a generous amount of olive oil on a low gas - to extract the oils from the garlic and evaporate any remaining water, and not burn the garlic. I put the pan aside until the meat was done, then dry roasted some chopped walnuts and threw them in to the spinach. I served it with 2 halved boiled eggs with still-runny yolks, salt & pepper. Lovely!
20th Apr, 2018
Forgot to rate, 5 stars!
20th Apr, 2018
Delicious! I just poured boiling water over the spinach then squeezed out the excess water using a clean tea towel before chopping and adding to the garlic and pine nuts.
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Marie T
2nd Jan, 2016
Quick and very easy. The pine nuts made it so good. Great for any time of the year! Loved it! 5*
26th Mar, 2011
Perfect. Very easy to make. The pine nuts added a lovely texture. Will be making it for a dinner party next week.
16th Mar, 2011
i added some mushrooms onions and brie cheese it was amazing x
23rd May, 2010
Absolutely perfect. I halved the recipe and it came out perfectly. The golden pine nuts add a lovely nuttiness to the spinach and garlic. Would definitely make this again.
21st May, 2010
I love spinachs!! I add also raisins (at the same time that pine nuts)...
16th Apr, 2009
Yummy, a really nutritious and tasty side dish. I didn't have any pine nuts so used some chopped up almonds instead.
16th Oct, 2008
This was a nice side dish for roast chicken as well. Very simple but effective.


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Ticks's picture
9th Mar, 2018
Vegan tip - This is great tossed through some linguine sprinkled with vegan parmesan and fresh basil then drizzled with a good quality extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.
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