10 net carbs

Lasagna

This homemade low-carb keto lasagna is delicious, hearty, and doesn’t ditch the noodles. Made with a rich meat sauce, layers of noodles, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese make the perfect dish!

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Lasagna

Low-carb keto lasagna, close up view of lasagna on a white plate.

Low-Carb Lasagna [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
This mouth-watering low-carb lasagna tastes just like the real thing! Layers of low-carb lasagna noodles, hearty meat sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese prove that you can still have your favorite traditional Italian comfort food without all the carbs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 9 servings
Net Carbs 10 g
*Net carbs are per serving

Ingredients
 

Noodles

  • olive oil spray
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Meat Filling

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Optional Garnish

  • chopped parsley

Instructions
 

Noodles

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/177C.
    Close-up view of temperature knob on an oven, preheat oven to cook a meal.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan. Add eggs and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.
    Top view of mixing bowl with cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and eggs mixed together.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with olive oil. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet. Use spatula to spread it into a nice even layer.
    Top view of low-carb cheesy lasagna noodle batter spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.
    Top view of low-carb cheesy lasagna noodles cooked, just out of the oven.

Meat Filling

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
    Top view of chopped onions and garlic cooking in a stainless steel skillet.
  • Add ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon. Season with salt, pepper, and (optional) red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Drain fat.
    Top view of ground beef, onions, and spices cooking in a skillet.
  • Add marinara sauce and oregano to the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes.
    Top view of lasagna meat sauce simmering in a skillet.

Lasagna Assembly

  • Cut the noodles in half widthwise, then cut each half into 3 pieces. Each noodle should measure approx 8”x4”.
    Top view of low-carb lasagna noodles cut into 6 sections to make 'noodles'.
  • Spoon ¼ cup of meat sauce onto the bottom of an 8” baking dish. Place 2 noodles in bottom of dish.
    Top view of assembling low-carb lasagna. Sauce layered on the bottom of the baking dish, with noodles on top.
  • Spread a third of the ricotta over the noodles, then layer a third of the meat filling, and sprinkle with a third of the shredded mozzarella on top.
    Top view of assembling low-carb lasagna. Meat sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese on top of cheesy noodles.
  • Repeat these steps to make 2 more layers. Top with parmesan.
    Top view of assembled low-carb lasagna in a square glass baking dish.
  • Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly, 25-30 minutes.
    Top view of low-carb lasagna baked out of the oven and ready to eat.
  • Optional: garnish with parsley before serving. Enjoy!
    Close up view of low-carb lasagna ready to eat on a white plate.

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Notes

Recipe Variations

  • Meat substitutions – You can substitute any type of ground meat you’d prefer. Try ground turkey, ground pork, or Italian sausage if you don’t care for ground beef.
  • Veggie substitutions – This recipe doesn’t have a lot of veggies in the lasagna. Feel free to load the meat sauce up with your favorite veggies! Yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, and bell peppers are all great choices. If you’d like to make this a vegetable lasagna recipe, simply omit the ground beef and include your favorite veggies instead.

Noodles

  • You can also use a food processor to prepare the noodles. This equipment makes mixing the noodle dough easier than mixing it by hand.
  • Make sure you don’t skip using parchment paper. The paper makes removing the noodles once they’re cooked significantly easier.

Marinara sauce

  • Check your marinara sauce’s ingredients and ensure there isn’t added sugar. Some marinara sauce brands contain quite a bit of added sugar, which can significantly increase the carb count of your lasagna.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb lasagna recipe Keto?​

Yes. This low-carb lasagna recipe contains 10 grams of net carbs per serving. On a Keto diet you want to stay under 20 grams of net carbs per day, so lasagna would be a great choice if you’re looking for a hearty comfort meal while on a Keto diet.

Is lasagna gluten-free?​

Yes, our lasagna recipe is gluten-free.

Can I make this lasagna in a larger pan?

Yes! You can make a larger batch to fit a 9”x13” baking dish. To do this, you’ll need to double the recipe, including the noodles (make 2 baking sheets of noodles). When you cut the noodles, instead of cutting the noodles into 6 pieces, cut them into 3 long strips to run the entire length of your lasagna pan.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: Prepare the lasagna up until the final baking step. Wrap the lasagna pan in plastic wrap (or the pan’s lid if it is air-tight) and store it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. When ready to eat, bake in the oven until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
  • Storing leftovers: Store your leftover lasagna in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Leftovers will be good for 3-5 days.
  • Freezing instructions: You can assemble and cook the lasagna and then freeze it after cooking either in the baking pan or portioned into individual portions. When ready to eat, simply thaw and reheat. Or, you can assemble the lasagna and freeze it before baking. When ready to eat, bake the lasagna. *If baking from frozen, your bake time will be significantly longer. Lasagna will store for 3-6 months in the freezer.
  • To reheat: Reheat lasagna in a preheated oven or microwave.

Additional Details

Lasagna is a beloved Italian dish, known for its layers of pasta, rich tomato sauce, and gooey cheese. However, for those following a low-carb or diabetic-friendly diet, traditional lasagna can be off-limits due to its high carbohydrate content. But fear not! We have a delectable solution for you. Packed with nutritious ingredients and bursting with flavor, this recipe is a perfect addition to your diabetes-friendly repertoire.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial for individuals with diabetes. This low-carb lasagna recipe offers several benefits for people managing their blood sugar levels:

  • Reduced Carbohydrates: By replacing traditional pasta with low-carb alternatives, this lasagna recipe significantly reduces the overall carbohydrate content. This helps prevent blood sugar spikes, making it easier to manage diabetes.
  • High Fiber Content: The use of fiber-rich ingredients like zucchini and spinach provides essential nutrients while helping slow down the digestion of carbohydrates. This aids in maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
  • Balanced Macronutrients: This recipe incorporates a healthy balance of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates from vegetables, ensuring a well-rounded meal that supports blood sugar control.

Ingredients of Low-Carb Lasagna

  • Low-Carb Noodles: Instead of traditional lasagna noodles, this recipe calls for homemade cheese noodles. These low-carb alternatives not only reduce the overall carbohydrate content but also add a lovely texture to the dish.
  • Ground Meat: Ground beef or turkey provides a good source of protein. Protein helps with satiety and assists in maintaining steady blood sugar levels.
  • Tomato Sauce: Look for sugar-free or low-sugar tomato sauce options to minimize the carbohydrate content. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, providing a healthy dose of nutrients without compromising blood sugar control.
  • Vegetables: Spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers are excellent additions to the lasagna filling. These nutrient-packed vegetables add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to the dish while imparting a delightful taste.
  • Cheese: Cheese provides a good amount of protein and calcium, enhancing the nutritional value of the lasagna.

Low-Carb Lasagna Preparation Tips and Variations

  • Thinly Slice the Vegetables: When using zucchini or eggplant as a noodle substitute, make sure to slice them thinly and uniformly. This ensures even cooking and a pleasant texture in the final dish.
  • Sauté the Vegetables: Before layering the lasagna, lightly sauté the vegetables to remove excess moisture. This step prevents the lasagna from becoming watery during baking.
  • Experiment with Fillings: While this recipe includes spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers, feel free to get creative with your fillings. You can add additional vegetables like kale, broccoli, or even cauliflower to amp up the nutritional profile.
  • Spice It Up: Add herbs and spices like oregano, basil, and garlic powder to enhance the flavor of the tomato sauce. This step adds depth to the dish without relying on excessive salt or sugar.

Storage Instructions

If you have leftovers, store the lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze individual portions for up to three months. Simply thaw and reheat when ready to enjoy!

What to Serve with Low-Carb Lasagna

  • Pair your low-carb lasagna with a fresh green salad dressed with a light vinaigrette for a well-rounded meal.
  • Sprinkle some fresh basil or parsley on top of the lasagna for an extra burst of flavor and visual appeal.
  • Serve alongside steamed vegetables or roasted asparagus for added nutrition.

With this irresistible low-carb lasagna recipe, you can savor the flavors of traditional lasagna while keeping your blood sugar levels in check. By making simple substitutions and incorporating nutritious ingredients, this diabetes-friendly version offers a delicious solution for those looking to enjoy Italian comfort food without compromising their health. Give this recipe a try and discover the joy of guilt-free indulgence!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night. It wasn’t hard and didn’t take much longer than traditional lasagna does to make. My whole family, including kiddos that are somewhat picky eaters, gobbled it down and asked for seconds. I see this recipe being part of our regular rotation.

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks for your time leaving us feedback 🙂 This lasagna recipe is one of our family’s favorite recipes, everyone loves it! I’m so glad your kids loved it also. This recipe also does well doubled into a 9″x13″ size baking dish if you ever need a larger dish.