We have made a classic comforting Italian dish a little bit lighter by using courgette (zucchini) instead of lasagna sheets. Still all the delicious lasagna flavour from the sauce and cheese, but lower in carb. This Low Carb Lasagna is a lighter dish that the whole family can enjoy.
Low Carb Lasagna
Lasagna or Lasagne? Those of you in North America would refer to it as lasagna, but most of us outside of North America would say lasagne. However, in Italian, lasagna is the singular noun and lasagne is the plural, so I am going to go with lasagna. Just in case anyone was confused about the spelling. Either way, this Low Carb Lasagna will make everyone’s bellies happy.
Okay, so low carb lasagna. You all should know by now that I am definitely not anti-carb, in fact I am totally pro carb. But I am also pro moderation and pro garlic bread. That means that I love eating lasagna and garlic bread together, but the combination of pasta and bread is a little bit too much for me, so I make a low carb lasagna so I can happily indulge in some garlic bread with it. Even better is that this recipe is under 300 calories for a huge portion of lasagna.
Courgette Zucchini Lasagna
What makes this lasagna low carb? It uses courgette (known as zucchini to some) instead of pasta sheets. I honestly don’t think you can taste the difference. Once you have everything else in the lasagna, you can’t even taste the pasta anyway, so why not replace it with a vegetable instead, to make it even healthier?
You could use aubergine instead of lasagna, or use a mix of both. They have a really meaty texture too, so it’s a good thing to include in a vegetable lasagna. They key to making sure the lasagna doesn’t get soggy with using vegetables rather than pasta is to pre-cook the vegetable strips first.
To save yourself some time, you could make the “lasagna sheets” ahead of time and then just layer the lasagna when you are ready to put it in the oven.
Even carb lovers will love this lasagna, as it still has all the flavours you know and love – with some lighter swaps. This is a great way to get people to eat more vegetables, as it is pretty much hidden. Dave didn’t even know it was low carb the first time he ate it.
I have also added a creamy spinach layer too this dish, in replace of a white sauce. So there is no flour or butter in it either and the cheese on top is just enough. We didn’t skimp on the cheese either, as that would make for a bit of a sad lasagna. You could use less if you wanted to though.
Does This Lasagna Freeze Well?
This lasagna freezes really well and is a great batch cook meal. It will go a little watery when defrosted and reheated, but you could just soak that up with some paper towel, or dip some garlic bread in to it so nothing goes to waste.
Ingredients needed to make a Low Carb Lasagna (serves 4)
- Half a batch of our homemade pasta sauce
- 3 medium courgettes (zucchinis), thinly sliced lengthways
- 400g lean turkey mince
- 8 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 handfuls of spinach
- 4 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt
- 60g mozerella
- 60g mature cheddar, grated
How To Make Low Carb Lasagna – Step by Step:
One: Put all of the courgette strips on a baking sheet and in a preheated oven at 200°C and cook for 4 minutes each side and then set aside.
Two: Chop the onion and mushrooms and crush the garlic
Three: In a large pan, heat a little oil and then add the onion, mushrooms and garlic and gently good for 3-4 minutes.
Four: Add the turkey mince and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Five: Add all of the pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
Six: Mix together the spinach and Greek yoghurt.
Seven: Using a lasagna dish that is as long as the courgette strips are, add the meat sauce to the bottom of the dish.
Eight: Add a layer of courgette.
Nine: Add a layer of the meat sauce and a layer of the spinach mix.
Ten: Add another layer of courgette, some more meat sauce and some more spinach mixture and finish by topping with the remaining courgette. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar on top and put in the oven at 200°C.
Eleven: Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the cheese has browned.
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Some extra tips for this Low Carb Lasagna:
- To stop the lasagna getting soggy, you will want to cook the courgette a little first, before layering up the lasagna.
- Let the lasagna cool for 10 minutes before serving too, this allows some of the extra liquid to soak up.
- To save some time, pre-cook the vegetable lasagna sheets ahead of time and then assemble the lasagna when you are ready to put it in the oven.
- We used courgette for the layers, but you could use aubergine or a mixture.
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Low Carb Lasagna
- ½ batch Tomato pasta sauce
- 3 Medium courgettes (zucchini), thinly sliced lengthways
- 400 g Turkey mince (14 oz)
- 8 Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 Large onion, diced
- 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 Handfuls of spinach
- 4 tbsp Fat free Greek yoghurt
- 60 g Mozzarella (2 oz)
- Put all the courgette strips onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven at 220°C/420°F for 4 minutes each side and then set aside.
- In a large pan, heat a little oil and then add the onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the turkey and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add all the pasta sauce except 2 tbsp and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Mix together the raw spinach and Greek yoghurt.
- Use a lasagna dish that is as long as your strips of courgette are. Add 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce to the bottom and spread it around until the bottom is covered. Add a layer of courgette.
- Then add a layer of meat sauce and top with a layer of creamy spinach.
- Top with another layer of courgette, then the rest of the meat sauce, then the rest of the creamy spinach and finish it by topping it with the remaining courgette.
- Finally, add the mozzarella and put in the oven at 220C/420F for 20-30 minutes until the cheese has browned.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.