Sautéed Spinach with Bacon and Mushrooms

This magical combination of tender sautéed spinach, crispy bacon bits, and thinly sliced mushrooms is the ultimate one-pan vegetable side dish. It also happens to be Whole30-compatible, paleo, and keto-friendly!

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Once upon a time, you couldn’t eat bacon until your Whole30 was over. Nowadays, you can easily find Whole30-compatible —and delicious—bacon at most supermarkets, so you never need to take a break from bacon! All joking aside, you just need a few bacon slices to elevate a standard pan of sautéed spinach to company-worthy fare.

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This 30-minute dish is a riff on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food website for sautéed spinach and bacon. After surveying the contents of my crisper, I modified the dish by adding some sliced shallots and cremini mushrooms. After all, who can say no to more umami?

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Ingredients

The best thing about this simple recipe is that you can make it with commonly found ingredients at the supermarket!

  • Whole30-compatible bacon: some of my favorite brands include Pederson’s, Wellshire Farms, Keller Crafted Meats, and Applegate. No matter what brand you purchase, read the labels to make sure there’s no sugar or weird additives.
  • Shallots: sliced onions or leeks also work!
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cremini mushrooms: you can also use thinly sliced shiitake, oyster, or mixed mushrooms.
  • Organic spinach or baby spinach: make sure you wash and spin dry the spinach!
  • Aged balsamic vinegar: sherry, white balsamic, and red wine vinegar (Banyuls is especially nice) are all great in this dish.

Equipment

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How to make sautéed spinach with bacon and mushrooms

Toss the bacon bits into a cold 12-inch skillet and crank the heat to medium.

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Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon bits are crispy, around 10 to 12 minutes.

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Once the bacon bits are crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a paper towel-lined platter.

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Toss the shallots in the pan with the reserved bacon grease. Sauté the sliced shallots until they’re translucent and softened.

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Add sliced mushrooms to the pan.

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Season with kosher salt and black pepper and cook until they’ve developed some brown bits and the liquid has cooked off.

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Stir in handfuls of the spinach in batches, adding in more spinach as the previous batch wilts.

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Once all the spinach has been added, season the dish salt and pepper.

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Continue stir-frying the spinach until it has just wilted. Turn off the heat and mix in the vinegar.

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Transfer the spinach to a plate and sprinkle the bacon bits on top.

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Enjoy!

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What main dish can you serve with this?

[Originally posted on January 29, 2011. Updated with new information and photos on April 25, 2021.]


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Sautéed Spinach with Bacon and Mushrooms

This Whole30, keto, and paleo sauteed spinach with bacon and mushrooms is the ultimate one-pan vegetables side dish!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal, Whole30

Servings: 4

Calories: 125kcal

Author: Michelle Tam

Ingredients

  • 3 bacon slices cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 large shallots thinly sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt  divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • ¾ pound cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 pound spinach washed and ends trimmed or baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar or Banyuls vinegar

Instructions 

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g

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