Low-Carb and Keto No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil was inspired by a series of finds at the grocery store, and this was so tasty! 

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No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil finished lasagna on serving dish with pan of lasagna in background

It’s no secret that I love Low-Carb Casseroles because of the way they create leftovers for the freezer, and other people must like that too because casseroles are some of the most popular recipes on this site! But usually I wouldn’t share a new casserole recipe like this No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil just when the weather is starting to heat up.

It was three fun grocery store finds in a row that inspired me to create this recipe, and after we worked on it a few times to get it right the final version was so tasty I just couldn’t convince myself to wait until fall to share the recipe!

In fact, yesterday I pulled a container of this low-carb lasagna out of the freezer and heated it up for an amazing dinner. So please make this NOW before it gets too hot to turn on the oven and I promise you’ll be glad you tried it!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • olive oil
  • onion
  • lean ground beef
  • Hot Turkey Italian Sausage
  • low-sugar pasta sauce, preferably Rao’s Pasta Sauce (affiliate link)
  • chopped fresh basil (or use a few teaspoons of dried basil or a few tablespoons of basil from a tube if you don’t have fresh basil.)
  • cottage cheese (or use ricotta cheese if you prefer)
  • eggs
  • coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link)
  • Garlic Powder (affiliate link)
  • Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps (affiliate link), see notes below for more options
  • grated Mozzarella cheese

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What Products Inspired this recipe?

The Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps I found at Costco were the first thing that inspired this lasagna. Folios are firm wraps made of cheese, about the thickness of a tortilla and they’re gluten-free and have only one carb each, and when I shared about Folios on Instagram I was intrigued by how many people liked them.

If you can’t find Folios, please don’t let that stop you from making this tasty lasagna! Use a firm sliced cheese like Provolone or a low-carb lasagna noodle like Palmini Lasagna Noodles (affiliate link) to replace the Folios.

When the idea of making no-noodle lasagna popped into my mind, I might not have done it right away except the very next time I went to the grocery store I found Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce (affiliate link) that had half the carbs as the low-sugar sauce I’d been using. And then on that same shopping trip I discovered the store had fresh basil plants! I love fresh basil and it added so much flavor to the sauce for this low-carb lasagna!

Pick the lowest-carb sauce you can find if your store doesn’t carry Raos. (I don’t accept money to promote products, and none of the companies mentioned in this post have any idea that I’m featuring them.)

What if you don’t have fresh basil?

You can use dried basil or chopped basil in a tube for the sauce if you don’t have fresh basil. Or even a few tablespoons of basil pesto will add basil flavor to the sauce.

Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil process shots collage

Steps for this recipe:

(Scroll down to the complete  recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat oven and spray casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Heat oil in a large deep frying pan and saute chopped onion; then push onion over to the side and cook the ground beef and Italian sausage in the same pan.
  3. Add the Rao’s sauce (affiliate link) to the meat mixture and simmer until the sauce is thick.
  4. While the sauce simmers, chop basil (or use Herb Scissors (affiliate link) like I did if you have them!)
  5. Stir the chopped basil into the sauce.
  6. Mix the cottage cheese or ricotta, beaten eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan, garlic powder, and dried herbs. (We tested the recipe with both cottage cheese and ricotta and we preferred the cottage cheese, but take your choice on that!)
  7. I used a wonderful Le Creuset baking dish that I bought at Williams Sonoma with a generous gift certificate I got from my brother Dave and his wife Amy, thanks guys! Cut the Folios in half and cover the bottom of the dish. (I only needed two Folios per layer for my size dish, if your dish is a bit wider or longer you might need three.)
  8. Spread half the meat sauce over the Folios.
  9. Then make a layer with half the cottage cheese mixture, followed by half the Mozzarella.
  10. Make another layer each of Folios, meat sauce, cottage cheese mixture, and Mozzarella. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the top.
  11. Bake Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil for 40-45 minutes. (We cooked the lasagna in the photo 45 minutes but I’d start to check after 35 or 40 minutes.)
  12. Serve hot and enjoy! This freezes well and reheats beautifully in the microwave or in the oven.

Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

I’d serve Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil with a salad like Low-Carb Caesar Salad or Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad for a low-carb meal!

More Low-Carb Lasagna to Love:

Grilled Zucchini Low-Carb Lasagna
Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole
Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil found on KalynsKitchen.com
Yield: 8 servings

No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Low-Carb and Keto No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil was inspired by three fun things I found at the grocery store, and this was so tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 19.5 oz. pkg. Hot Turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) low-sugar pasta sauce (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or use a few teaspoons of dried basil or a few tablespoons of basil from a tube if you don't have fresh basil.)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (see notes)
  • 4 eggs, beaten well
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. Italian herb blend
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps (see notes)
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • additional 1/3 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the top (probably optional, but good)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C and spray a deep rectangular casserole dish with non-stick spray. (See notes about the dish I used.)
  2. Heat olive oil in a large deep frying pan over medium-high heat and saute chopped onion just until it's starting to brown.
  3. Then push onion over to the side of the pan and crumble in the ground beef and Italian sausage, squeezing the sausage out of the casings. Cook the ground beef and Italian sausage, breaking apart with the turner until it's nicely browned and all the released liquid has evaporated.
  4. Add the Rao's sauce (affiliate link) to the meat mixture (rinse out the jar with a little water if you'd like) and simmer on low until the sauce is thick, about 10 minutes.
  5. While the sauce simmers, chop basil (or use Herb Scissors (affiliate link) like I did if you have them!)
  6. Stir the chopped basil into the sauce and turn off the heat.
  7. Mix the cottage cheese or ricotta, beaten eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan if using, garlic powder, and dried herbs.
  8. Cut the Folios in half and cover the bottom of the dish, putting the straight edge along the edge of the dish. (I only needed two Folios per layer for my size dish but bigger casserole dishes might need three.)
  9. Spread half the meat sauce over the Folios.
  10. Then make a layer with half the cottage cheese mixture, followed by half the Mozzarella.
  11. Make another layer each of Folios, meat sauce, cottage cheese mixture, and Mozzarella. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the top if using.
  12. Bake Low-Carb No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil for 40-45 minutes. (We cooked the lasagna in the photo 45 minutes but I'd start to check after 35 or 40 minutes.)
  13. Serve hot. Leftovers can be frozen and reheated later.

Notes

I used an amazing Le Creuset baking dish that was 7.5" x 11.5" x 3 inches deep; try to use a deep dish if you can but anything close to that size will work.

I used my favorite hot turkey Italian sausage for this recipe, but pork sausage would also be good! You can use Ricotta Cheese instead of cottage cheese if you prefer. Use firm sliced white cheese like Provolone if you don't have Folios, or I have heard from readers who use Palmini Lasagna Noodles (affiliate link) for the noodle layer. You may need a total of 6 Folios to cover the dish if you use a larger, less deep dish than we had. I was excited to find Rao's Tomato Basil Sauce (affiliate link) at my grocery store; this sauce has only about 20 carbs in a whole jar.

This recipe inspired by Folios Parmesan Cheese Wraps that I found at Costco and I experimented with Jake and Kara until we thought it was a keeper!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 253mgSodium: 1290mgCarbohydrates: 8.3gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 54g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
No-Noodle Lasagna with Sausage and Basil is a great dish for low-carb and keto diet plans. The Parmesan Cheese wraps are probably a bit high in fat, but personally I’d eat this for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. South Beach would recommend lean ground beef, low-fat turkey sausage, low-fat cottage cheese, and reduced fat cheese for this recipe.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2019. It was last udpated with more information in 2021.

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