Unbelievably Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Three cheeses, artichokes, and fresh spinach makes this warm spinach and artichoke dip extra creamy and delicious. Jump to the Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Unbelievably Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

We love this warm gooey dip with not one, but three cheeses, lots of artichoke, fresh spinach and garlic.  Serve this with pita wedges, chips, bread or vegetables. This would also be amazing smeared onto bread instead of mayo for sandwiches or added to the top of seared chicken for dinner.

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How to Make the Creamiest Spinach Artichoke Dip

This spinach and artichoke dip comes together in about 30 minutes — it’s pretty easy, too. You can even make it ahead of time — about three days in advance. Just keep it covered and stored in the refrigerator then when you’re ready to serve, add some cheese the top and bake. Easy.

How to Make the Creamiest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Start by cooking artichokes with garlic and olive oil until the artichokes brown just slightly around the edges. Throw in lots of fresh spinach until wilted down.

The best dip!

Next, we make the creamiest sauce, ever. Butter and flour are cooked together then milk is added — this is the same process as our ultra creamy macaroni and cheese sauce. Once the sauce is thick,  we stir in three cheeses: cream cheese, feta cheese, and mozzarella. Then we add the artichokes, spinach, and the sauce to a baking dish and bake until bubbly. It’s seriously good!

Recipe updated, originally posted May 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Unbelievably Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

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This dip is unbelievably creamy – it’s practically addictive. We love serving alongside vegetables, pita wedges, bread or chips. This dip should be served warm. You can make this up to 3 days in advance, just store covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat before serving. If making ahead, reserve the extra cheese for the top of the dip until you are ready to heat and serve. We use artichokes from cans. You can find frozen artichokes. If using frozen artichokes, thaw before making recipe. Also available are jarred artichokes packed in oil. You can use these without rinsing, just omit the oil.

Makes approximately 6 servings

You Will Need

1 1/2 cups drained artichoke hearts, roughly chopped (from two 14-ounce cans)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups (355 ml) milk, plus more as needed

4 ounces cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated (about 1 cup)

1 scallion, thinly sliced

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Prepare Artichokes and Spinach
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray a small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. (The pan should hold 4 to 5 cups. An 8-inch round pan, 8-inch x 4-inch loaf pan, 8-inch square pan or small oval baking dish will work).

    Heat olive oil in a wide skillet with sides over medium heat then add minced garlic and cook about 1 minute until fragrant. Add the artichokes and cook 2 to 3 minutes until warmed through and beginning to brown around the edges. Add the spinach and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the spinach wilts down, about 2 minutes. Transfer garlic, artichokes, and spinach to a bowl and set aside.

    • Make Sauce
    • Place the skillet back onto medium heat then add the butter. When the butter begins to bubble, add the flour. Cook, whisking constantly 2 to 3 minutes until butter smells fragrant and nutty — the color of the butter-flour mixture will be light brown. While whisking, slowly pour the milk into butter and flour mixture. Continue to cook, whisking constantly until the sauce bubbles and thickens.

      Remove pan from the heat. Stir in the cream cheese, cayenne pepper, and oregano. When the cream cheese has melted into the sauce, add feta cheese and half (1/2 cup) of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until completely melted. Stir in the garlic, artichokes, and spinach from earlier.

      • To Finish
      • Transfer the dip to baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup). Bake the dip until bubbly and the cheese begins to brown on top, 15 to 20 minutes. To make the cheese even more browed on top, turn oven to broil and broil 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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  • Kelly September 20, 2015, 7:12 pm

    Do you think I could sub either Parm cheese or sour cream for the feta? Or a combo of the two? I don’t have any on hand, and live waaaaay put of town. Thanks!!!

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    • Joanne September 23, 2015, 11:08 am

      Any other cheese will work — Parmesan cheese is a nice option, not sure you would need the sour cream, though.

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  • Ellen April 14, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Excellent recipe! Just ate as much as I can. Tweaked it a tiny bit by Browning it with parmesean cheese on top instead of more mozzarella! Cant wait to share it. Never try new recipes on guests! Just provincial in my upbringing……Thanks for an awesome recipe! Best ever!

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    • Joanne April 16, 2014, 12:40 pm

      So happy you liked it!

      Reply
  • Renee December 22, 2013, 2:55 pm

    This looks sooooo good! I am making this for a Christmas dinner appetizer. How long should I bake it if I double this recipe?

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    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 1:07 pm

      It won’t meed much longer than mentioned above.

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  • Becky December 6, 2013, 4:07 pm

    This looks fantastic- I am planning to make this for a large group (about 18 to 20) at a baby shower and wondering if I could double the recipe? I am wondering if I could simply use a larger dish and bake a little longer…any suggestions?

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    • Joanne December 9, 2013, 12:34 pm

      Yep, just use a larger dish and bake a little longer. You shouldn’t have any issues.

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 14, 2013, 11:51 am

    this is incredible!!!

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  • Melissa September 28, 2013, 8:31 pm

    I was looking to duplicate a spinich artichoke and crab dip dish we ordered in the Owels Nest Lounge at the Sunriver resort in Bend OR. This was fantastic and the only deviation was to add the crab and I added whole pieces of fresh jalapeños to the flour and milk mix and simmered then removed for a spicy addition.

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  • Cassie | Bake Your Day September 20, 2013, 9:51 pm

    This is amazing, you guys. Love how creamy it is. I’m making this ASAP!

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    • Joanne September 22, 2013, 10:25 am

      Thanks 🙂

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  • Nadia August 21, 2013, 1:41 pm

    I substituted goat cheese for the cream cheese since that was what was i had on hand — and it was fantastic! thanks for the unbelievably excellent recipe!

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  • Missy August 2, 2013, 6:20 pm

    This recipe was spot on and it turned out fabulous. Directions were clear and it was by far the best spinach and artichoke dip I’ve had in a long while. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 1:03 pm

      Wonderful!

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  • Akansha's Recipes May 14, 2013, 3:35 am

    It looks so beautiful & yummy. Definitely gonna try this and will let you know how it was! In one word it looks superb!

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  • Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare May 13, 2013, 11:48 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! I love spinach and artichoke dip. I’ve never tried a homemade version. Thanks!

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  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche May 8, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Oh wow this looks incredible! We don’t tend to get fresh artichokes here in the UK (at least I’ve never seen them in the shops) but I think I remember seeing a jar of artichoke hearts one time so hopefully I’ll be able to find them again because this looks delicious!

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 8, 2013, 3:43 pm

    I love a good, creamy, dip like this! Yum!

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