Wilted Spinach with Cherry Tomatoes

Just a touch of sugar and a pinch of spicy heat bring out the very best in these simple fresh vegetables.

Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crush red pepper flakes
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the spinach, turning with kitchen tongs, in batches until it all fits and is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a colander and let drain, pressing out excess liquid.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium and add the onion, basil, and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are slightly softened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until softened and just starting to brown at the edges, 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sugar and cook until tomatoes just start to soften, 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, tossing, until hot, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.