KETO LASAGNA

This lasagna is one of my favourites! I shared a lasagna recipe before a while back, but I made some adjustments and this one tastes even better.

It was by accident really. Before, I used ricotta cheese in between the layers, but I forgot to bring it when I did groceries. I still had some cream cheese and heavy cream in the fridge and used that. It turned out to taste pretty amazing!

RECIPE FOR 8 PORTIONS

INGREDIENTS

For the noodles
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 egg

For the meat layer

  • 1 Tbs of ghee (or your favourite fat to use)
  • 1 onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 35 oz. ground meat
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Italian spices

For the cheese layers

  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 14 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 Tbs heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by making the noodles:

  1. Place the mozzarella cheese in a bowl, and melt it in the microwave for one minute. Stir and add it to the microwave again for a couple of seconds if not fully melted.
  2. When the mozzarella is melted, add the almond flour, baking powder and egg, and knead into a ball, until everything is incorporated and you have a nice ‘dough’.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a parchment paper onto a baking tray. Roll out the dough and shape into a rectangle, with a thickness of around 2 inches . Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 370 F.
  4. Set cheese noodles aside to let cool. While noodles are cooling, prepare your meat sauce.
  5. In a In a large skillet, add ghee, onion, garlic and ground meat. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook on medium heat until meat is browned. Drain excess fat from pan. 
  6. Add in tomato sauce. Reduce to low heat and cook at a simmer for about 3 minutes. 

Assembling Lasagna

  1. Evenly slice your cheese dough into thirds.
  2. Add a thin layer of meat sauce to the bottom of an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Add some shredded mozzarella and place a noodle layer on top.
  3. Add some cream cheese on top of the noodle layer and evenly pour 2 tbs of heavy cream on top.
  4. Repeat with meat sauce, mozzarella, noodle, cream cheese and heavy cream.
  5. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle on remaining mozzarella.
  6. Bake lasagna in the middle of your oven at 350F for about 20 minutes. If you wish to get some color on the top cheese layer, set your oven to a low broil (after the 20 min bake) and let the cheese bubble and blister for about 2 minutes.
  7. Let lasagna cool slightly before slicing and serving. If desired, sprinkle on some finely chopped fresh basil, oregano and parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving. 

Enjoy!

KETO LASAGNA

To me lasagna is my favourite comfort food. I’ve tried the lasagna that replaces the lasagna noodles with zucchini, and frankly, I wasn’t a big fan. But this one is tastes just like a regular lasagna! It’s mainly made out of cheese, so it’s very keto friendly and delicious.

I always need to prepare a big portion, because Oswaldo always goes for seconds with this one.

This recipe takes about 30-40 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. You will get 4 servings of lasagna.

Ingredients

For the lasagna noodles:

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

For the lasagna layers:

  • 1 lb / 500g ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce
  • 1 tbs coconut oil or olive oil
  • 4 cups shredded mozarella cheese
  • 4 oz / 100g ricotta cheese

Instructions

Start by preparing the lasagna noodles, this is the same recipe as the keto pizza crust.

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add all cheese dough ingredients into a food processor. Blend until evenly mixed. It should have a thick liquid consistency. If you do not have a food processor, you can mix by hand (see notes).
  3. Pour cheese batter into prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread batter across pan.
  4. Place into middle of oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until surface is no longer wet and is firm to the touch.
  5. Set cheese noodles aside to let cool. While noodles are cooling, prepare your meat sauce.
  6. In a large skillet, add onion and ground beef. Cook on medium heat until meat is browned. Drain excess fat from pan. 
  7. Add in Italian seasoning and marinara sauce. Reduce to low heat and cook at a simmer for about 3 minutes. 

Assembling Lasagna

  1. Evenly slice your cheese dough into thirds. Your slices should just fit into an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. (see photo in post for reference)
  2. Add a thin layer of meat sauce to the bottom of an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Add first noodle layer over meat sauce.
  3. Add 1/3 of the remaining meat sauce across first noodle layer. Spread 3 tbsp of ricotta cheese across. Sprinkle 1/4 mozzarella cheese across. 
  4. Repeat with second noodle, meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella.
  5. Add third noodle. Top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle on remaining mozzarella. If desired you can add a pinch of dried herb seasoning to the cheese. I like to finely crumble a pinch of dried oregano and add it to the cheese.  
  6. Bake lasagna in the middle of your oven at 350F for about 20 minutes. If you wish to get some color on the top cheese layer, set your oven to a low broil (after the 20 min bake) and let the cheese bubble and blister for about 2 minutes.
  7. Let lasagna cool slightly before slicing and serving. If desired, sprinkle on some finely chopped fresh basil, oregano and parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving. 

credits: kirbicravings.com

Enjoy!