Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip

I could make a meal out of dip.

And baked spinach and artichoke dip is my absolute favorite dip.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

The old expression about liking a little bit of coffee with my cream rings true with this dip. I like a few bites of chips or crackers with the dip but really, they’re not necessary. Just give me a spoon.

I pile the dip on so thick and sky high that I break chips. Oh well, who needs them.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

It’s a super easy dip to make and loosely adapted from my Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Sweet Onion Dip. Stir all the ingredients together in one bowl, transfer to a baking dish, and bake until it’s golden brown and bubbly. Or in my case, a little past golden brown in some places because I was multitasking. It happens.

You don’t have to top the dip with mozzarella if you’re a spinach and artichoke purist, but I think everything is better with a little mozzarella on top.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

I used frozen artichoke hearts that come in a 12-ounce bag from Trader Joe’s. I used half the bag, about 1 1/2 cups. Let them thaw, roughly chop them, and you’re ready. I make sure not to over-mince because I like the chunkier texture.

If you don’t have a TJ’s, check your grocer’s freezer case for frozen artichoke hearts because they’re so versatile. I eat steamed artichokes almost every day as a salad add-in. So good and so much healthier than oil-packed artichokes that are lead balloons with fat, calories, and sodium. However, if you want to use oil-packed artichokes here, go for it. Use the whole jar, oil and all. The dip will be extra luxurious.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

I used frozen spinach. Recipes like this are made for frozen spinach. I wouldn’t even attempt to mince fresh.

You can use lite cream cheese and mayo to save some calories and fat so that you can eat more dip, of course.

There’s a bit of cayenne pepper in the dip and it doesn’t make it hot or spicy. It makes it not bland. Between 2 cups mayo, 8 ounces cream cheese, and 3 cups cheese, it needs something to give it some shazzam. I didn’t add any salt because the aforementioned ingredients are all plenty salty.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

It’s creamy, cheesy, gooey, and everything I want in a baked spinach and artichoke dip. While the dip is amazing fresh and warm from the oven, leftovers can be kept for up to 1 week in the fridge and you can either gently reheat them in the micro, or serve as a cold dip.

Hot or cold, I love this dip.

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (GF) - Classic spinach & artichoke dip with mozzarella on top! Because everything is better with cheese!

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Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip (gluten-free)

The dip is creamy, cheesy, gooey, and everything I want in a baked spinach and artichoke dip. While the dip is amazing fresh and warm from the oven, leftovers can be kept for up to 1 week in the fridge and you can either gently reheat them in the micro, or serve as a cold dip. Lite cream cheese and mayo may be used. I used frozen artichoke hearts that I chopped roughly to retain plenty of chunky texture, but oil-packed artichokes in a jar may be used. The cayenne doesn't make it spicy; it provides flavor and makes it not taste bland. If you're a spinach and artichoke dip purist, you can omit the top layer of mozzarella or use another favorite easy-melting cheese. This dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite.

Yield: one 9-inch pie dish

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 40

Total Time: about 45 minutes

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, very well softened (lite okay)
2 cups mayonnaise (lite okay)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (or fontina or a favorite easy-melting cheese)
1 1/2 cups artichokes, roughly chopped  (I used 6 ounces frozen artichoke hearts from TJs, chopped; oil-packed artichokes in a jar may be substituted)
1 1/2 cups frozen spinach, thawed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish (or 1o-inch, or similar-sized oven-safe baking dish) with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, mayo, and stir to combine. The softer the cream cheese is, the easier this is.
  3. Add 1 cup cheese (reserving remainder to be sprinkled on top), and all the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  4. Turn mixture out into prepared dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  5. Evenly sprinkle reserved 2 cups cheese over the top.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is golden browned, bubbly, and dip is done to your liking. Allow dip to cool momentarily before serving. Dip is excellent warm and fresh, but extra will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can be reheated gently in the micro or used as a cold dip. Read product labels to ensure all products are gluten-free if that's a consideration for you.

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68 Responses to “Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip”

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — February 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Burnt cheese is my absolute favorite! And this thick layer of cheese is freaking calling my name the trouble is I would peel off the whole layer of mozzarella and eat it all at once. I have NO self control when it comes to cheese- my sister and I bought 5 different kinds on wednesday and by friday we had to go out and buy more!! Issues. I always get the artichokes in the glass jars but they are so oily sometimes, I am totally going to TJs and getting the frozen ones then I can make this dip and make a steamed artichoke salad the next day after my cheese coma ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I’m so glad you’re down with the burnt cheese! There is SO much flavor in it. It’s like…pure comfort food, at it’s finest :) Peeling off that layer, I admit, I wanted to do it so badly but was serving this at a party and couldn’t, otherwise I would have! And girl the TJ’s frozen artichoke hearts, another blogger like 5 yrs ago turned me onto them, and they’ve been a staple for me ever since! There’s like no calories in them (like 25 per serving and there’s only 2 or 3 servings in the entire bag? compared to oil packed ones which are pretty much as bad as eating peanut butter by the spoonful, and I’d prefer that LOL). If you do try this, LMK!

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    Katy — February 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Yes, a little chip with my dip is exactly the way I like it, too! Artichoke dip is one of my favourite appetizers when out at a restaurant because served piping hot, it’s wonderful. Cold too, but melty cheese….mmmmm. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Who can say no to melty cheese, right!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    It’s totally less calories without the chips anyway. :)

    And yes, artichokes are another thing I won’t eat alone. BUT I love them in dip like this. AMAZING.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Well everything slathered in mayo, cream cheese, and cheese is pretty much…awesome, right :)

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    Katie — February 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I could make a meal out of dip. <– I have and I still do. And I am not ashamed.

    I haven't made my cauli-version of this dip in way too long. That needs to happen. I have everything I need to do so. If it wasn't midnight, I'd be all over it.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Oh you have a cauli version? Sorry my memory is not serving me on even recalling that! But it sounds so good and I can see what the swaps would be but knowing you dont do any dairy, what do you do for the cheese and mayo to get that texture? Need to figure that out!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — February 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I love this creamy/cheesy dip! I can’t resist cheese and this dip is like loaded! YUMMM

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    Amy — February 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I’m like that with salsa! I load up my chips so high that there must be at least half of a tomato on every one. I actually haven’t had a baked dip before, but after your gorgeous photos (and all that cheese), that might have to change soon!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Baked dips are the best! You just stir stuff together, put it in a pan, and bake. Pretty much impossible to screw up unless you forget about it in the oven while you’re pinning stuff…like me. LOL

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      • Amy replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        Pinterest is SO addictive! I “waste” so much time on there… And I just discovered your “You Gotta Make This Board;” I could get lost for hours in all of those gorgeous photos and recipes!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — February 24, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Mmm I love the extra browned pieces of cheese on top – my family would be fighting over those! This dip looks so good, and you’re right – who needs a meal when you have dip?!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 2:11 am

      Yeah that extra browned action was a function of multitasking and getting distracted…with Pinterest. LOL :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 24, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Dips are totally acceptable as a meal!
    I mean, all that cheese has protein and you have vegetables with spinach and artichokes! Add a few potato chips – VOILA! Carbs ;)
    Drooling over this dip!

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    Paula — February 24, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Extra browned cheese at the edges is preferable for us (my sweet pot-egg-mozz skillet had that going on!! Kroger started carrying frozen artichokes a few years ago (I tried canned chokes in water once but they seemed too mushy to me). I could make a meal out of this too….and I could also see myself eating the top then putting more cheese on and sticking it back in the oven!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 4:23 am

      I like your idea of eating/adding more cheese/baking again :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 24, 2014 at 4:12 am

    YUM! I would fight everyone for those brown crusty corners!

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    Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion — February 24, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Wow , your right you could totally make a meal out of this dip. Dinner is served!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — February 24, 2014 at 4:35 am

    The overcooked cheese is the best part! :) Going to look for the frozen artichoke hearts next time I’m at TJ’s.

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    Madison — February 24, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Spinach artichoke is one of my favorite dips in the worlddddd. Cannot wait to try your recipe. :)

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — February 24, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I love Trader Joe’s frozen artichokes – and this classic dip! That crusty top looks dangerously good Averie.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Glad you’re a fan of the artichokes too!

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    vanillasugarblog — February 24, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Can I have this for breakfast?
    I just had almond butter on toast…borrrrring!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Maybe cookie butter or Nutella on toast next time…LOL :)

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    angela@spinachtiger — February 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Who needs pizza when you can burnt cheese with a spinach dip. I can see this with pita bread points. Delish.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I DO make a meal out of dip. One night, my girlfriend came over and we had a meal of guac, roasted red pepper hummus, and all the fixings to go along with it. Warm spinach artichoke dip is one of my all time favorites though. Look how cheesy this is! You got me hooked on those artichokes, Averie. I bought a pack of them whenever you suggested I buy them a month or so ago. I’m forever grateful. So damn good! Beautiful pics. I always have trouble shooting cheesy foods (mine always look orange!) – shooting one today! You make it look easy.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 7:57 am

      I’m so glad you tried the artichokes! Love those things. Always have at least 2 bags in the freezer at all times! And I love your story…”one night, my…” For me, that’s not one night. That was half the nights in my 20s :) Along with plenty to wash all that dip/chips down with, of course :)

      Oh this shoot was not my fave, trust me. The day I shot it, it was SO BRIGHT out. Like a 100 ISO was still too much. It was glare city on the cheese and tons of focusing issues but I got a few keepers. Thank you for saying you like the images! xo

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan — February 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Incredibly delish!

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — February 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

    One of my most favorite things on this planet is the golden melted cheese. I love this dip and have made it many times for parties. I would love to get my fingers messy and dig in right now. Yum

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — February 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh I can definitely make a meal out of dip too! Especially when it looks as amazing as this one does! That cheesy top is calling my name!

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    Beth @ bethcakes — February 24, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Yes, who needs the chips when you’ve got this dip! Is it weird that I would like to eat it for lunch right now? Even though I’ve already eaten lunch? :) It looks seriously delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      That’s what happens when you read food blogs :)

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    sandra — February 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    this looks so decadent – all that cheesy goodness!

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    Emanuelle — February 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Ooh yum! This looks awesome! You’re photography is beautiful too!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    omg that cheesy layer on top-killlliing me! I looove spinach artichoke dip and this looks like….SOOOO goooood!

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    Jenny Flake — February 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    How fabulous! I am such a sucker for dips like this! Off to pin :)

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    Danae @ reciperunner — February 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Whoa! This dip is screaming to me! So cheesy, so creamy, I want some now!

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    Happy Valley Chow — February 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I looovveee spinach artichoke dip…but quite honestly I just want to peel off the top of that dip and eat that delicious baked cheese. Great recipe Averie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Eric! So many ppl have said that about that layer of cheese – who knew! :)

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    Catalina @ Baby on Board — February 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    For me a dip is totally considered a meal, for lunch today I made a dip with farmer cheese and green onions and finished it all myself, small bites with whole wheat ciabatta bread!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — February 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Spinach artichoke dip is one of my all-time faves and this mozzarella layer on top – LOVE it! Pinned!

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    Ashton — February 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    OH girl, you know the way to my heart!!! Love this and pinned :)

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    ashley - baker by nature — February 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    YUM!!! I am loving all the savory posts lately, Averie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      My plan for 2014 was to bake less cakes, cookies, etc. therefore donate less cakes, cookies, etc. No one needs 5 sweets a week I decided. Some savory isn’t all bad :)

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    Laura Dembowski — February 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Putting mozzarella on top of this dip is such a good idea! I often do make a dinner out of dip. In fact I had guacamole tonight, which left plenty of room for dessert :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Guac & dessert (and a drink or two) is like…the perfect meal :)

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    Nicole | Culinary Cool — February 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I will knife anyone who gets in the way of me and crispy, burnt cheese. First order of business would be to gobble up all that extra-crispy goodness around the edges!
    Totally agree with you that chips are not necessary to eat dip – spoons work great, but if your uncouth like me, your finger works better.

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    Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering — February 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Arrrrr… I can’t get artichoke here. Haven’t even seen them before. You’ve won me over and now I have to see where I can snag some. Might have to order in from Amazon or something. Gah!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 25th, 2014 at 3:49 am

      Well it’s a vegetable that you maybe can get in a small jar with oil? Canned? Frozen? They sell them all those ways here, and of course, fresh. Hope you can get some!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — February 25, 2014 at 1:35 am

    All I can say is “yummmmmmmmmmmmmm” — so making this for the next big family get together!!!

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    cheri — February 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I love everything about this dip, what great combination of flavors.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

    You know that spin and art dip is my ultimate weakness! And screw the chips – a spoon is all that’s needed.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 25th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Your slowcooker dip makes me weak in the knees seeing the pics!

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    Julia @Vikalinka — February 26, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Skip the top mozza layer? No way, it’s the best part!

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    Crystal — February 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Omg, this post is making me so hungry! The recipe sounds amazing, but your photography makes the food look even better :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — February 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    So cheesy! The best part of chips and dip is definitely the dip.

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 27, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’m with you, no chips needed just hand me a spoon!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Um, excuse me while I book an emergency plane ticket to SD so I can stuff my face with this dip on the beach. OH MY GOD! My mind literally cannot process how GOOEY this is. And obvi since it has spinach and artichokes, it must be healthy, right?! ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 27th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Healthy, yes, for sure. I mean look at all those vegetables :)

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    Brooke McMahan — March 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    You said to use 1 1/2 cups of frozen spinach, is that like a 10oz box?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 19th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      I used about half of a frozen 12-ounce bag from Trader Joe’s. If you’re using a 10 oz, I would use slightly over half of it, eyeball it, and add a little more (or less), to taste depending on how spinach-ey you want it vs. artichokey. Hope that helps (a VERY flexible recipe, to say the least!)

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