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Low Carb Keto Lasagna

A low carb and keto friendly lasagna that doesn’t ditch the noodles. This lasagna uses noodles made out of a cheese dough. The lasagna tastes just like regular lasagna!

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Most of the keto-friendly lasagna recipes I’ve come across skip out on the lasagna noodles, which just isn’t the same thing for me. This lasagna recipe uses a cheese dough to create the lasagna noodles.

On its own, the noodles don’t really taste like noodles. But when they are sandwiched between all the layers of meat, tomato sauce and cheese, they provide that needed noodle texture. The fact that it’s made out of cheese and Italian seasoning also lets the noodles blend right in with the rest of the ingredients.
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How to Keep This Lasagna Low Carb

The lasagna is low carb and keto-friendly with two big adjustments. The first step is replacing traditional lasagna noodles with cheese noodles. The second step is using a no sugar added marinara sauce.

Cheese Dough Lasagna Noodles

  • These cheese noodles are based on my 3 ingredient flourless cheese breadsticks.
  • It’s a blend of mozzarella, cream cheese, egg and Italian seasoning. When baked, the texture is just firm enough to hold its form but also quite soft, like you are eating a type of flat bread.
  • The cheese dough is baked in a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan and then it is divided into thirds, creating three noodle layers that fit perfectly into an 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pan.
    photo of the cheese noodle in a pan
    overhead photo of a sheet of cheese noodle cut into thirds

Low Carb Marinara Sauce

  • To make life easier, I purchased a no sugar added marinara sauce. Many brands offer this option. I’ve purchased Muir Glen and Rao’s in the past.
  • You can also make your own. I previously made my own with this recipe.
  • Normally, I like to add a lot of tomato sauce to my meat when making my lasagna meat sauce. However, even no sugar added marinara sauce contains carbs from the natural sugars found in tomatoes, so I used a lot less sauce for this recipe.

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Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube channel.


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Keto Low Carb Lasagna

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American, Italian
A lasagna made with cheese noodles. This lasagna tastes just like regular lasagna but is low carb and keto friendly.
4.99 from 58 votes

Ingredients

Cheese Dough Lasagna Noodles

  • 4 oz full fat cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part skim low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Lasagna Filling

  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 lb ground beef I used lean ground beef
  • 1 cup no sugar added marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 6 tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part skim low moisture mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • 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).
  • Pour cheese batter into prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread batter across pan.
  • Place into middle of oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until surface is no longer wet and is firm to the touch.
  • Set cheese noodles aside to let cool. While noodles are cooling, prepare your meat sauce.
  • In a large skillet, add onion and ground beef. Cook on medium heat until meat is browned. Drain excess fat from pan. 
  • Add in Italian seasoning and marinara sauce. Reduce to low heat and cook at a simmer for about 3 minutes. 

Assembling Lasagna

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Repeat with second noodle, meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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Notes

  • I prefer using a food processor for mixing the cheese dough. If you do not have a food processor, it can be done by hand but you will need to finely chop the shredded cheese so it is similar to running it through a food processor. First, whisk softened cream cheese until smooth. Add in eggs and whisk. Stir in mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  • You can use your favorite mozzarella cheese for the filling, but make sure to use a low moisture part skim for making the cheese dough.
  • I purchased no sugar marinara pasta sauce to use for the filling. Some brands that offer this are Muir Glen and Rao's. You can also make your own with my recipe here.
  • Adapted from this recipe. My recipe uses a different cheese noodle.
  • Nutrition facts is calculated with 90/10 lean ground beef

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25of recipe, Calories: 633kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Sodium: 840mg, Potassium: 707mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, NET CARBS: 8g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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196 comments on “Low Carb Keto Lasagna”

  1. Isn’t this just Kyndra Holley’s recipe from Peace, Love, and Low Carb?

    • If you look at the notes section of the recipe, I link to her recipe. The recipes are similar but not the same. I use a different process for making my noodles, creating a thicker and puffier noodle that is also lower in sodium.

  2. Have you ever made the cheese noodles ahead of time? Would that work?

  3. Amazing, I finally got around to making this and we loved it as a family. You don’t even realize those aren’t noodles. A great dish and a really good recipe.

  4. So quick, so easy, sooo delicious!!!

  5. The cheese pasta tasted like Pasta in the recipe! I won’t go back to using zucchini or leeks! I plan to make a big recipe for company soon. Thank you for the recipe 

  6. Is there a reason why you are not using full fat instead of the skim milk cheeses, it should be lower carb and keto by using the full fat, would it still work?

    • For this recipe to work, you should use full-fat cream cheese and part-skim shredded mozzarella. It is that combination that creates the best texture for the noodles.

  7. Can you use normal mozzarella? I cannot get skim here 

  8. This was FANTASTIC!! My hubby doesn’t love Zucchini lasagna but he’ll eat it to save carbs. Now we can have real tasting lasagna. I added a little onion and garlic powder to noodle mix just to spice it up a bit. I did have to bake a little longer than recipe stated but ALL ovens are different!!! Thanks for this recipe.!!!

  9. how much would i increase the recipe for a 6 by 8 tin pan?

  10. Wow I’ve made this twice already, with a few variations on technique and ingredients. Fabulous comfort food without needing to unbutton your pants afterwards!!

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