Keto Meat Lasagna

Are you a lasagna lover like I am?  This Easy Keto Meat Lasagna will surely satisfy your love for lasagna and also satisfy your entire family!  I will even say that it tastes better than the “real thing”!

 

 

 

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Keto Meat Lasagna

 

Keto Meat Lasagna

 

**** 5/25 UPDATED RECIPE ****

 

Pre keto (and pre gluten-free) I used to love lasagna.  it was a comfort food for me.  When I went gluten-free I stopped eating lasagna altogether.  I don’t know if it is because I couldn’t find a suitable gluten-free noodle replacement or just didn’t take the time to find one.

In either case, it had been a few years since I’ve enjoyed a good lasagna.

When I came across the idea of making noodles from cheese, I really wasn’t impressed.  I made lasagna from The Craveable Keto cookbook and I was blown away.  It was AMAZING!  That recipe is what inspired this one, a YEAR later!  

It took me about a YEAR to make my own lasagna recipe, but it never would have happened without the initial inspiration.  If you don’t own that cookbook, go buy it!  It’s AWESOME!

 

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This is a little more time intensive than some of my other recipes, but as usual, it is more than worth it.  So set aside about 90 minutes and get to work!

I plan to make several batches soon and freeze them so that I can easily pull them out of the freezer, thaw out and cook for a delicious and hassle-free dinner!

 

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Keto Meat Lasagna

 

What are keto lasagna noodles made of?

These ones are based on Fat Head Pizza Dough recipe.  Other recipes use zucchini noodles as well.  There are a ton of options.  I personally think the cheese-based ones have the closest consistency to regular lasagna noodles.

 

How to make keto lasagna

We won’t walk through the whole recipe, but I’ll give you some tips!

First, you might be thinking – how in the world can a cheese-based product double as a noodle?  I definitely asked myself that same question.  

I took my pizza crust recipe that was based on the Fat Head Pizza Dough recipe and modified it to make the noddle.  First, the flour had to go.  I mean, we don’t want a crust, we want a noddle!  A few other tweaks and this beauty was born!

This is what the keto meat lasagna “noodle” layers will look like once cooked.  You simply slice this into pieces that you will then use to layer the lasagna. 

 

Keto Lasagna Noodle

 

Now, in the recipe when I mention cutting these noodle layers into an 8×8 and 8×4, you simply need to make one cut (below right), unless it is too big in which case you need to trim off the end (below left).

Additionally, you might have to trim the edges a bit more as you try to place it in the dish!  

 

Keto Lasagna Noodle

 

Now let’s take a peek at assembling each layer.  I went old school and modeled this after our family lasagna recipe!

The first layer is the noodle:

 

Keto Meat Lasagna Layer 1

 

Next comes ricotta cheese.  It is SO easy to spread:

 

Keto Meat Lasagna Layer 2

 

Third, we put the meat sauce:

Keto Meat Lasagna Layer 3

 

And finally comes the Mozzarella cheese.  Now we repeat these steps (mostly) 3 more times.  The finally layers is a bit different, but the instructions below will explain that!

Literally, these are the exact steps of how I used to make my lasagna years and years ago.

 

Keto Meat Lasagna Layer 4

 

Just look at this almost overflowing beauty of a lasagna once all the layers are in place !!!

 

Keto Meat Lasagna Final Layer

 

Just about ready to take out of the oven.  Perfectly baked.  20 minutes at 350 and 10 minutes at 375.

 

Keto Meat Lasagna Cooking

 

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Can you prepare lasagna ahead of time!

You bet!  There is no need to prepare it and cook it at the same time!  Keep on reading for additional cook time suggestions!

 

Do you need to cover lasagna when baking it?

The answer to that depends.  You do not need to cover this while baking since the initial temperature is only 350 and it is only at 375 for a short time. 

Now, if you were to prepare the lasagna ahead of time and not cook it, then you’ll need to cook it much longer in which case I’d probably cover it for 35-40 minutes at 350 and then uncover for 10 minutes at 375.

 

Kitchen Essentials

Baking Dish You will need a deeper 8×8 baking dish!  Glass or ceramic will do just fine.  If it is not a deep dish, no worries, just set the dish on a baking sheet in case it spills over while baking!  This type of baking dish will work just fine too, just set it on a tray!

Baking Sheet Any old baking sheet will do times TWO!  I happen to love my ceramic ones!

Parchment paper – Even though my pictures show the white parchment paper, I have since switched over to the nonbleached parchment paper like this one.

 

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Are you in awe yet?  Look how thick this delicious keto lasagna is?  The layers and layers and layers! 

 

Keto Lasagna

 

Keto Marinara Sauce

This sauce can actually be a standalone sauce and is more or less what I use for my keto pizza recipe.  A little different (thicker) but the same idea.  It works amazing as a marinara sauce, pizza sauce, breadstick sauce- you name it!  

Pro tip – double or triple the batch and save some!

 

 

Special Notes

If you have a large family as I do, you will have to double the recipe!  An 8×8 is just not enough to feed my family of 7 when I have FOUR hungry teenagers!

So, I double it!

 

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Keto Deep Dish Meat Lasagna

Keto Deep Dish Meat Lasagna

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 14.5 ounce can Rotel
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup water (your preference on consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Noodles

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

The Rest

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, divided

Instructions

Sauce

  1. Add fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste to a food processor. Blend for 15 seconds to get rid of chunks.
  2. Add tomato mixture, water, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a medium sauce pan.
  3. Mix well and simmer for 15-20 minutes (or however long you want/need).
  4. Set aside when done

Noodles

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 13x9 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt Mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, add eggs and Italian seasoning. Beat with a fork.
  4. Add egg mixture to cheese mixture.
  5. With CLEAN hands, continually squish the dough between your fingers until WELL blended. Don't worry - it will get there!
  6. Split dough into 2 equal parts.
  7. On each prepared baking sheet, spread mixture out to approximately 12x8. Meaning, you don't need to go all the way to the edges.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minute and then cut each sheet into 8x8 and 8x4 chunks. So you'll just make one cut around the 4 inch mark and that will make the 2 perfect size sheets. You may end up trimming the edges when it is time to put it in the baking dish. I always do!
  10. Set aside when done.

Meat Mixture

  1. In a large pan, combine the ground beef, ground sausage, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook over medium-high heat until meat is fully cooked.
  2. Drain excess grease and add 2 cups (not the whole batch) of marinara sauce to the pan with meat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Save the remaining sauce.

Putting it all together

  1. Spray a deep dish 8x8 baking dish with Avocado oil or olive oil.
  2. Place the first noodle in the dish. Use one of the larger 8x8 pieces.
  3. On top of the noodle layer, add 1/3 cup ricotta cheese and spread evenly.
  4. Then layer 1/3 of the meat sauce, followed by 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Next place the 2 noodles that are 8x4 side by side and repeat the exact layers (noodle, ricotta, meat layer, Mozzarella).
  6. Finally place the remaining noodle, add ricotta and meat sauce.
  7. Add remaining sauce on top of meat layer.
  8. Finally top with last 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  9. Sprinkle with oregano (if desired).
  10. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then raise temperature to 375 and bake for 10 more minutes.
  11. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

9

Serving Size

1 slize

Amount Per Serving Calories 577 Total Fat 42g Saturated Fat 19g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 18g Cholesterol 214mg Sodium 1085mg Carbohydrates 11g Fiber 1g Sugar 5g Protein 38g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!

 

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