Spinach Artichoke Dip (Restaurant-Style) – Once Upon a Chef

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Learn the cheffy method for making a top-notch spinach artichoke dip — once you try it, you’ll never go back to the traditional recipe.

Spinach Artichoke Dip (Restaurant-Style)

Creamy, cheesy, and brimming with veggies, spinach artichoke dip is a surefire hit at any gathering. While most homemade versions rely on cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise, restaurant chefs take a different approach. They typically use a Mornay sauce—a cheesy variation of the classic béchamel—to bind and flavor the dip. Although it sounds fancy, Mornay sauce is actually the same easy sauce you’d use for homemade macaroni and cheese and some creamed spinach recipes. This restaurant method, which is done entirely on the stovetop, is actually a bit faster than the baked home-style version. And, in my opinion, it results in a much more delicious dip.

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What You’ll Need to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip ingredients

Find the printable recipe with exact measurements below.

  • Onion and Garlic: These aromatics form the flavorful foundation of the dip.
  • Butter, Half & Half, and Flour: Combined to create a roux, these ingredients thicken the dip, ensuring a creamy, rich texture that’s perfect for scooping.
  • Frozen Spinach: Adds a healthy, bright element to the dip. Thawing, draining, and squeezing the spinach removes excess water, preventing the dip from becoming watery.
  • Canned Artichoke Hearts: Provide a slightly tangy flavor and hearty texture. Properly preparing the artichokes by draining, rinsing, chopping, and blotting ensures they integrate well without adding extra moisture.
  • Shredded Cheddar and Parmigiano Reggiano: These cheeses melt into the dip, offering a gooey texture and a depth of flavor.
  • Tortilla Chips: The perfect crunchy, salty vehicle for scooping the dip.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by prepping the frozen spinach and canned artichokes. The spinach should be thawed and squeezed as dry as possible. The artichokes are packed in water with salt and citric acid, so they need to be rinsed very well, drained, and then blotted dry with a paper towel. (If you add them directly to the dip without first rinsing them, they will give the dip an off flavor.)

blotting chopped artichokes with paper towel

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add the flour.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Pour in the half & half.

Then add the spinach and artichokes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until hot and thickened, about 2 minutes.

Add the Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the hot dip to a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen?

Yes, you can definitely use fresh spinach here. I’d start with about 1½ pounds and cook it down with a bit of water. You’ll need about 1½ cups of steamed chopped spinach (though it will seem like much less once you squeeze all the liquid out).

Can spinach artichoke dip be made ahead of time?

Yes, it can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerated in a covered container. Reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat, adding a bit more half & half to thin the dip, if necessary. Because of all the dairy, this dip is not ideal for freezing.

What are good dippers for spinach artichoke dip besides tortilla chips?

Sliced baguette, pita chips, or toasted pita bread offer a nice crunch and surface area for scooping.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip (Restaurant-Style)

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups half & half
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed well, chopped, and blotted dry with paper towels (see note)
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar (or whole milk mozzarella or Gruyere)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Do not brown. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Pour in the half & half, and then add the spinach and artichokes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until hot and thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips.
  2. Note: Canned artichokes are packed in water with salt and citric acid, so they need to be rinsed very well, drained, and then blotted dry with a paper towel before using. If you add them directly to the dip without first rinsing them, they will give the dip an off flavor.
  3. Make-Ahead Instructions: The dip can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerated in a covered container. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, adding a bit more half & half to thin the dip, if necessary.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (Does not include chips – 6 servings)
  • Calories: 285
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Sodium: 496 mg
  • Cholesterol: 61 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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