Low Carb Lasagna slice on plate with side salad

This Low Carb Lasagna is made with layers of palmini noodles, sweet and hot sausage, cheese, and sauce. It is a comfort food Italian classic casserole made keto-friendly, that will make any picky eater in your home ask for more!

This recipe is so close to the real thing that you will never miss the actual pasta noodles. By using palmini noodles, you not only are making this lasagna recipe low carb by substituting the regular noodle, you are also drastically cutting the calories and adding fiber to your diet. A remake of this comfort food Italian classic that is a total win/win situation!

A slice of comfort food on a plate, low carb lasagna serving with a side salad covered in Italian Dressing and Blue Cheese crumbles.

What inspired me to make this Low Carb Lasagna?

Lasagna is my family’s absolute FAVORITE pasta casserole. Who can blame him for this? It has all the factors of pure comfort food. The moment you put one bite in your mouth, you will feel better! Now that we are sticking to the Keto diet, it is sad for him that his favorite meal became off limits. As a result, I had to find a way to make it low carb for him so he could still enjoy it.

A few months back I had received a box of low carb palmini spaghetti noodles in a subscription box. They intrigued me because of how they came packaged; shelf stable and vacuum packed. I wasn’t quite so sure it was a product we would eat. But, I gave them a try and found out they were an excellent substitute for regular spaghetti. And, when I found out they also made a lasagna shape noodle, I knew we had to try it!

Overhead view of Baked Low Carb Lasagna comfort food in baking dish

Making an Italian classic recipe low-carb

What is keto pasta?

Keto pasta is a low carb option to replace the regular flour made noodle in a recipe. There are many versions of keto pasta. We love the palmini noodle because it is quick, convenient, and has great macros.
A photo of a box of the Natural Heaven Veggie noodle substitute

What if I don’t want to use Palmini noodles?

That’s ok! You can make your own noodles. Eggplant or Zucchini make a good substitute if you want to stick to a vegetable. However, you can also make a fathead pizza crust, bake it, then cut it into noodle shape! If you need a recipe for pizza crust, check out my Wine Braised Short Rib Keto Pizza and just make the recipe for the crust!

What do you use as a marinara for low-carb lasagna?

There are several low-carb marinara options that you can buy ready made. Rao’s Homemade is an excellent choice. However, you can also make your own simple red sauce. If you buy a marinara sauce in the store, be sure to read the nutrition label. Sauces can be tricky and have hidden added sugars.

Can I substitute Cottage Cheese for Ricotta?

Plain and simple. No. I don’t recommend it. Sure, you can substitute it, but Cottage Cheese is not keto friendly like ricotta. Besides. Ricotta is better. And, I don’t suggest messing with a good thing!Picture of all the cheese filling ingredients. Ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, and parsley

How to make low carb lasagna

This low carb lasagna is easy to assemble and a delicious alternate to your classic dish made with pasta!

  1. Prepare your ingredients

    Dice your onion and mince the garlic so it is ready to go into the skillet. I also measure out the ground sausage I am going to use. I will use 1/2 pound each of hot Italian Sausage and sweet Italian Sausageground sausage, minced garlic and diced onion prepared to go in the skillet

  2. Brown the meat.

    Start by browning the sausage in a hot skillet.ground sausage mixture browning in the skillet

  3. Add the onion and garlic

    Once the sausage has begun to brown, add the onion and garlic and stir to combine.ground sausage with onion and garlic added to the skillet

  4. Add the marinara sauce

    Pour the marinara sauce over the cooked sausage mixture and simmer 3-4 minutes.pouring the marinara over top of the cooked ground sausage mixture in the skillet

  5. Prepare the cheese filling

    Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, parsley, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.ingredients for cheese filling to include ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, parsley, and egg

  6. Assemble your lasagna

    Start by adding some of the meat sauce to the bottom of your pan. Mixing bowl with cheese filling, another bowl with meat mixture, the noodles on a plate and your baking dish with some of the meat mixture added for the first layer.

  7. Add the noodle layer

    Next, you will add a layer of noodles. layer of low carb lasagna noodles on top of meat mixture

  8. Add a layer of cheese filling

    A layer of cheese filling will go on top of the noodlescheese filling layer on top of noodle layer

  9. Top with more sauce and shredded mozzarella

    Add a sauce layer, then a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese over top of the cheese layer.Shredded cheese on top of meat layer

  10. Continue layers until you have 3 layers of ingredients

    Once you reach your last layer, you will bake at 350 for 35 minutes.Fully assembled unbaked pan of lasagna

  11. Remove from oven cool

    Once the lasagna is bubbly and cheese has browned on top, remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.A pan of low carb lasagana comfort food cooling!

  12. Slice and serve

    After your low carb lasagna has cooled, cut into six portions and serve with a side salad. We like to enjoy a salad with Italian Dressing and Blue Cheese on the side making this a delicious comfort food meal! Enjoy!A slice of comfort food on a plate, low carb lasagna serving with a side salad covered in Italian Dressing and Blue Cheese crumbles.

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I always use my Pyrex 1.5 quart loaf pan to bake my lasagna in. It makes the perfect sized 3-layer lasagna for this recipe and is the just right to make a meal that will not offer a lot of leftovers. When you are cooking for just 2 or 3 people, a 16 sized serving of lasagna just doesn’t work! I am also including a link to the Natural Heaven Veggie Noodles for your convenience!

Other Low Carb Italian Classics you may enjoy

Low Carb Lasagna slice on plate with side salad

Low Carb Lasagna

This Low Carb Lasagna is so satisfying and delicious, you will never miss the actual noodles in this dish! It is a pure Italian Classic Comfort food made keto-friendly.
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Course: Keto Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Lasagna, Homemade Lasagna Recipe, Low Carb Lasagna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 478kcal


For the sauce

  • 1/2 pound ground Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground Hot Italian Sausage
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup low carb Marinara Sauce

For the cheese filling

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Other Ingredients

  • 9 oz. Natural Heaven Veggie Noodles


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a hot skillet, add sausages and chop with a spatula to break into small, bite sized pieces.
  • Cook sausage until it just begins to brown.
  • Add garlic and onion to sausage mixture and cook until sausage is well browned.
  • Add sauce to cooked meat and stir to combine. Turn heat to low and simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Prepare cheese filling by combining ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, egg, and parsley.
  • In a bread loaf pan, layer lasagna as follows: sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese. Continue until you have 3 layers.
  • Bake in oven for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before slicing.


Net Carbs Per Serving = 7


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 2mg

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Elizabeth March 21, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    you are missing the directions #7 and any more that maybe should be here.

    • Shelby March 25, 2019 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, thank you for bringing that to my attention, it has been fixed now!

  2. Roxana Lopez April 4, 2019 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I’m completely intrigued by the palmini lasagna noodles! I’ve been using their canned spaghetti and fettuccine for a long time, but had not heard of this brand or the lasagna noodle. Of course, they are sold out at Netrition and the Natural Heaven website. And Amazon only has the spaghetti noodles. So… I’ll keep checking back and keep hoping to find the lasagna noodles so I can make this recipe. Thank you so much for the product tip!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan April 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Roxana, I hope you can find them sometime! They worked so well! I have seen Palmini noodles on the shelf at Walmart (in a can). Thanks for stopping by to comment!

    • T Chaffee March 6, 2021 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Made this tonight, it was good. I boiled the noodles for 5 mins before to make them softer.

      In your nutrition section it says 20g of sugar. I am assuming that is incorrect.

      • Shelby Law Ruttan March 10, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        I’m not sure what noodles you used that needed to be boiled? Palmini noodles don’t need to be cooked, they are made from hearts of palm. Thank you for letting me know about the nutrition. It was incorrect.

  3. Linda Watts April 14, 2019 at 9:21 am - Reply

    So disappointing to find the noodles are not available and Amazon doesn’t know if they ever will be available again. Now I have a recipe that looks wonderful but I can’t do anything with!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan April 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda, I updated the affiliate link in my post. When I check Amazon, they are available (in a package of 4 boxes). I hope you can try the recipe!

  4. Viki July 18, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

    I can not wait to try the Lasagna recipe. With a last name like Del Grosso…..LOL….we love pasta! I ordered the noodles and plan on trying it this weekend. I’ll let ya know how it goes. I am truly enjoying your newsletter! I am new to Keto so it has been very helpful!

    • Shelby Law Ruttan July 18, 2019 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Hi Viki! I hope you love it! I know it is something I literally get a craving for. Now, I want to make it again too!

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  7. […] any longer, it’s still not my favorite. However, when we went low carb and I made this Low Carb Lasagna, I realized I loved that recipe and will make that anytime Grumpy gets the craving for lasagna […]

  8. Linda January 8, 2020 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I tried your recipe as written; however, after rinsing and drying off the Palmini – it still made my lasagna watery. Also, I wasn’t fond of the crunch of the Palmini. A facebook page participant told me I should have cooked the Palmini for 15 mins to make it soft. If that is a viable way to make it more pasta like, I would include it in your directions. Still not sure how to prevent the watery outcome. Any ideas?

    • Shelby Law Ruttan January 8, 2020 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure what Palmini you are using. Palmini does not need to be cooked. I used Natural Haven (linked in this post). It should not have been watery, nor should it have needed cooking. I would check the palmini you purchased to see what the preparation instructions were.If you can tell me what you used, that would be helpful.

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