Let’s get one thing straight before I share this recipe. Pasta used to be my main food love. In fact, it was a staple in my diet. Oh, can I add that I wasn’t choosy either. I didn’t care if it was whole wheat, cheap white or the shape it came in. Pasta had my heart.
When I realized that pasta, specifically the gluten in pasta was making my inflammation worse, I was pretty heartbroken. So, I understand the hesitation you may have to swapping out your pasta for a vegetable. I was there and was very skeptical too. However, I knew that if I was going to transition my high carb ways into a low carb keto one, I needed some real solutions.
It’s been over three years since real pasta has crossed my lips. I mean THREE solid, years people! Can I hear a hallelujah for this victory? Thank you. Yes, I will admit that at first it was not easy. Changing a lifetime of bad food choices does not come without it’s bump in the roads. So, I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself for not ever caving in.
Thankfully, early on my low carb keto journey I learned that using a vegetable in place of pasta was a great option. In an earlier post, I wrote about how I loved spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative. It’ makes for a fantastic base for some many low carb recipes. However, I wanted to share with you my keto lasagna recipe because frankly it’s delicious.
I’ve made my own home-made sauces for like forever, which is a good thing since most store-brought ones are loaded with sugar. Which is why I’ve included mine here for you. It’s a great little “pasta” sauce that you can use in a number of recipes. Remember, I always give you license to experiment with my recipes, so go have some fun and make it your own.
Getting rid of wheat in the form of bread, and pasta means I no longer have to worry about an over active inflammatory response in my body. I hope this recipe will inspire and assist you in making healthier choices.
Easy Low Carb Keto Lasagna
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 pound of ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
1 ½ cups of water
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of dried onion powder
1 teaspoon of dried garlic powder
3 cloves of fresh garlic crushed
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 medium zucchini
1 ½ cups whole milk ricotta cheese
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Dash of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, until the onion and garlic are translucent. Add the ground beef and cook, until brown. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Next add the oregano, basil, and salt. Allow the meat sauce to cook and reduce until sauce has thickened. Let the sauce cool.
Mix the ricotta cheese, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, ½ cup of parmesan cheese. Next add the egg and dash of nutmeg and combine well.
Slice the zucchini lengthwise into thin strips, about 1/8 inch thick. Put 5 or 6 zucchini slices, overlapping slightly, in the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Add 1 cup of the sauce, next with 1/4 cup of the ricotta mixture. Repeat the layers twice, alternating the direction of the zucchini. Top with the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Lastly, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the lasagna is bubbling and the top is lightly brown. Let stand for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
This recipe freezes well before or after baking, so enjoy in health!
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