Easy Low Carb Lasagna
Using deli chicken meat as the replacement for noodles in lasagna produces a similar appearance and palatability to lasagna noodles. In fact, your family probably won’t be able to tell that this is a noodleless lasagna recipe because it’s that delicious! You definitely won’t be missing any noodles in this flavorful Italian keto recipe.
This is a go-to dinner recipe for our family. It’s easy to make (only takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook) and the whole family loves it. It’s one of the most popular recipes on my website and youtube channel. It is full of red sauce coated ground beef and layers of creamy cheeses.
Serve with a side salad or some keto breadsticks and you have yourself a full Italian feast.
Keto Lasagna Noodles
When it comes to keto lasagna, there a many different foods you can use to substitute for real lasagna noodles. Some people use zucchini or cabbage. I’ve even seen people use fathead dough rolled out super thin, baked and then used as a keto lasagna noodle.
Newer to the keto market are Palmini Lasagna Nooldes. These noodles are made out of hearts of palm. You can use one can to make your keto lasagna. Each can has 6 grams of net carbs.
In this recipe, I use thinly sliced deli meat as a noodle. You can use chicken or turkey - just make sure it’s not sweetened with honey. Try to find an all-natural deli meat too. I got the idea for these protein noodles from my favorite keto chef Maria Emmerich. You can find her recipe for Protein Noodle Lasagna here.
Is Keto Lasagna A Freezer Friendly Meal?
Yes! This keto lasagna recipe is a make-ahead, freezer-friendly keto meal. I usually double the recipe and freeze one.
Prepare the lasagna ahead of time - cooking the ground beef and forming the layers of your lasagna. Layer down the sauce, keto lasagna noodles, red sauce beef mixture and cheese in a large baking dish. Wrap with plastic wrap and foil. Store low carb lasagna in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.
If you choose to freeze your keto lasagna after assembly, let the casserole cool to room temperature, then wrap the dish in plastic wrap. Cover tightly with foil and/or seal with a lid if using a freezer-friendly dish.
What Are Some Recommended Low Carb Marinara Sauces?
Rao’s Marinara Sauce
Using a combination of Italian tomatoes, olive oil, onions, and a proprietary blend of Italian seasoning, this marinara sauce is my favorite. It is a red sauce recipe that has been passed down for generations. Each ½ cup serving has 3 g net carbs.
Thrive Market Organic Marinara
This marinara pasta sauce is sourced from low-acidic San Marzano tomatoes which are grown in volcanic Italian soil. Each ½ cup serving has 5 g net carbs.
Fody Marinara Sauce
This pasta sauce is great if you are following a low FODMAP diet. It contains no gluten, garlic or onion so it won’t upset a sensitive stomach. Plus there are 3 g net carbs per ½ cup of marinara sauce.
Sourced from Italian and California plum tomatoes. This sauce can be found at most Walmarts. This marinara sauce has 4 g net carbs per ½ cup serving.
Make Your Own Pasta Sauce
If you are a DIYer or on a budget, you may consider making your own keto marinara sauce. You can make up a bunch of sauce on meal prep day and freeze it for later use. I store mine in freezer safe tubs, bags or mason jars. If you freeze the sauce in mason jars, make sure you leave space in the top of the jar to allow for expansion or else your jar will crack in the freezer.
Keto Lasagna Variations To Try
For a creamer variation of keto lasagna, replace the ricotta cheese with cream cheese.
Puree Mushrooms & Bell Pepper
Got picky eaters or small kids that hate to eat veggies? Sneak in those veggies by pureeing some mushrooms or sauteed bell pepper into a blender, then add it to the sauce.
Add More Spices
Try adding seasonings like anise, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, parsley, or garlic powder to kick of the flavor of your keto lasagna. Even anchovy paste can enhance the flavor of your red sauce.