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Low Carb Recipes: Holle's Low Carb Lasagna

One of my great low carb recipes!

Are there really low carb recipes for lasagna? Well, I created my own just yesterday, and it was great! I’m sure you’re wondering how lasagna recipes can be low carb recipes. After all, one of the ingredients is pasta, in the form of wide lasagna noodles, right? Ah, but I didn’t use those high carb noodles. I found something else to use instead, and honestly, this lasagna was as good as any I’ve ever eaten. It was also pretty quick and easy to make, especially when compared to the traditional lasagna with noodles. My lasagna is going to be one of my low carb recipes that I make often, and even my hubby loves it!

Okay, so what did I use instead of the noodles in my low carb lasagna? I used low carb tortillas made by Xtreme Wellness! Each tortilla has only five net grams of carbs, and they’re loaded with fiber. You can use any flavor, but I used the tomato-basil low carb tortillas for my noodles. I cut them into strips with my kitchen scissors. I made a big pan of lasagna and used only three tortillas. My lasagna would probably serve about ten people.

Another ingredient that has a lot of carbs in traditional lasagna is the tomato paste. It’s loaded with carbs and sugar. Because of this fact, I didn’t use any tomato paste in my low carb lasagna. Instead, I used crushed tomatoes, which have only one net gram of carbs per serving. I did use tomato sauce, which has about sixteen grams of carbs per serving. Still, the tomato sauce is better than tomato paste, as far as carbs are concerned. If you want to make the low carb lasagna even lower in carbs, substitute low carb ketchup for the tomato sauce.

Cheeses are inherently low in carbs. You’ll get one or two carbs per serving from ricotta cheese in my low carb lasagna. Mozzarella cheese has only gram of carbs per serving, and the ground beef and the grated parmesan both have zero carbs. Here’s my low carb lasagna recipe:

Holle’s Low Carb Lasagna

What you’ll need:

One large can crushed tomatoes

Two cans tomato sauce

Basil, to taste

Minced garlic, to taste

Splenda, to taste

One pound extra-lean ground beef

One large onion, diced

23 ounces ricotta cheese

Two egs, beaten

½ teaspoon Lowry’s garlic salt

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Parmesan cheese, grated

Xtreme Wellness low carb tortillas – I used three, cut into strips

Directions: Combine crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, garlic, and Splenda and simmer over medium-low heat.

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Meanwhile, brown ground beef and onions. Season with salt and pepper, if you wish.

While the meat is cooking and the sauce is simmering, blend together the ricotta cheese and the eggs. Add the garlic salt and stir.

When the beef is cooked, add it and the sautéed onions to the tomato sauce. Now you’re ready to assemble your low carb lasagna.

In a lasagna pan or other deep pan, spoon in a layer of the tomato mixture. Cover with a layer of tortilla strips. Spread with half the ricotta mixture. Cover with mozzarella. Repeat the layers. On top, add the remaining sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

I really hope you like my low carb lasagna. We did! It’s so cheesy and meaty and tangy…it’s very satisfying. You really feel like you’re cheating on your low carb diet, but you’re not. If low carb cooking and eating interests you, check out my other low carb recipes below.

My low carb lasagna is super cheesy!

My low carb lasagna is super cheesy!

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Shyla's Nana on March 22, 2011:

Thanks for getting back with me. Sorry it has taken so long to respond. The meds they have me on keep me really tired and sleepy most of the time lol. So, if you pray, say a lil prayer for me. It would be greatly appreciated and thank you again for answering my question. Take care.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 11, 2011:

Hope you like it, Nicky!

Nicky Smart from United Kingdom on March 06, 2011:

Thanks for this great recipe. I want to make a lasagna, but I always end up changing my mind because of the calories. Now it's full speed ahead.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2011:

Nana, sorry to hear about your health problems. Since this is a low carb recipe, I think it's fine for diabetics. I've never checked the sodium level. Maybe use low-sodium cheese and crushed fresh tomatoes?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 01, 2011:

Me, too, Taj! lol

Shyla's Nana on February 27, 2011:

Hi Habee, just wondering if this is low in salt and if diabetics could eat this? Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of weeks but I had to go to the ER a couple of weeks ago and since then I have had to go on high blood pressure medicine and possible diabetes meds, should have the results of that test tomorrow. I am new to all these things but this sounded so good lol and it looked delicious. I just know I don't ever want to feel the way I did when I went to the ER. I am just now getting most of my strength back and my vision is getting a little clearer everyday due to the meds. Anyway, just wondering if this would be something I would be able to eat? I hope you have been doing well and it is nice to see your beautiful smile. Take care.

TajSingh from United Kingdom on February 20, 2011:

Hi habee! Thanks for the recipe. Got to get off those carbs!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2011:

Sam, I was wondering just the other day if you were still with us. Good to see you!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2011:

Thanks a bunch, HH!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2011:

Garnet, the low fat and/or low carb tortillas have scores of uses!

Beth Godwin on February 10, 2011:

Now I don't have to feel guilty about eating pasta!! Hoorah!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2011:

Cool, Sally! Hope you enjoy it.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2011:

Rosemary, the texture isn't the same as noodles, but it was fine for me. The low carb tortillas didn't fall apart, even when re-heated in the microwave. Good to see you!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2011:

Hi, Bpop! This prolly isn't low cal because of the cheese and meat, but it is low carb.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 09, 2011:

Well, Garfield, dogs like it, too - especially Great Danes, apparently! lol

samboiam from Texas on February 08, 2011:

This sounds absolutely fabulous. I bet it taste even better when you cook it.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 08, 2011:

That sounds grant, really grant. Well done.

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on February 08, 2011:

This was interesting--if I made this, I could substitute lowfat cheese (I have a blood fat disorder). Sounds wonderful! I made a lowfat quiche using tortillas for the shell instead of crust.Good recipe!

Truckstop Sally on February 07, 2011:

Super recipe! This will be on our table by the week's end. Thanks so much for sharing.

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on February 07, 2011:

Holle, what is the TEXTURE of the tortillas like in the finished lasagna? What about leftover and re-warmed? You know texture can be a show stopper for me!

breakfastpop on February 07, 2011:

Thanks for this great recipe. I want to make a lasagna, but I always end up changing my mind because of the calories. Now it's full speed ahead.

Feline Prophet on February 06, 2011:

Where there's lasagna, can Garfield be far behind?!! Sounds like a great recipe...and we could all do with low carb options of our favourite dishes. Thanks Holle! :)

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