Catalan-Style Spinach

In this very simple and supertasty dish from Spanish winemaker Álvaro Palacios, curly spinach is cooked just enough to retain its great flavor when mixed with sautéed garlic, toasted pine nuts and plump raisins.

Catalan-Style Spinach
Photo: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • Four 10-ounce bags stemmed curly spinach

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper


  1. In a small bowl, cover the raisins with warm water and let stand until plumped, about 10 minutes; drain well. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, tossing, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add half the spinach in large handfuls, letting each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain. Repeat with another 1/2 cup of water and the remaining spinach.

  3. In the large saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the spinach, raisins, pine nuts and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is hot, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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