Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole (Video)
Low-Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna is so delicious, you won’t even miss the noodles, and this mock lasagna is also gluten-free!
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For today’s Friday Favorite featured recipe I’m reminding you about this Low-Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole that’s been such a favorite on my site. I love creating low-carb or carb-conscious recipe ideas that go beyond the usual grilled-meat-and-salad meals that many people rely on when they’re watching their weight.
I had comfort food in mind when I came up with the idea for Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin, and this mock lasagna is another comforting casserole that’s so loaded with flavor that you won’t even miss the lasagna noodles.
When I first made this I ate it for lunch and dinner two days in a row, and if I hadn’t put some in the freezer, I might have had it the next day as well! If you’re not a fan of kale yet, other sturdy greens like chard or collards would probably work, but I don’t think softer greens like spinach would hold up that well in this.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- salt (for water to cook kale)
- olive oil
- hot turkey or pork Italian Sausage
- Rao’s Pasta Sauce (affiliate link), or other low-sugar pasta sauce
- Dried Basil (affiliate link)
- Ground Fennel (affiliate link)
- grated Parmesan cheese
- grated Mozzarella cheese
Why is this recipe called a mock lasagna?
This recipe is called a mock lasagna casserole because the slightly-wilted kale is layered in a casserole dish like you would lasagna, and this recipe has some of the same flavors that people love in lasagna.
Want more tasty ideas for low-carb lasagna?
Check out Ten Amazing Low-Carb Lasagna Recipes for more low-carb casseroles with lasagna flavors!
How to Make Low-Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole:
(This is just a summary of the steps shown in the photos; scroll down for complete recipe.)
- Cook the turkey Italian sausage until it’s cooked through and nicely browned.
- Then add low sugar pasta sauce (affiliate link), dried basil, and ground fennel and simmer until the sauce is thick and water in the sauce has mostly evaporated. (The photo above is only about half-way through that cooking down of the sauce.)
- While the sauce simmers, cut out ribs of the kale and cut it into ribbons about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cook kale for a few minutes in boiling, salted water (just until it wilts), then let drain for a few minutes and then gently spin off any extra water in a salad spinner (affiliate link) if you have one.
- Spray a 9″ x 12″ casserole dish with non-stick spray and make layers with half the kale, half the thickened sauce, half the Parmesan, and half the Mozzarella.
- Then make another layer each of kale, sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella.
- Cover with foil and bake about 20 minutes, then remove foil and continue to bake until the casserole is bubbling and the top is nicely browned, about 20-25 minutes more.
- Let the mock lasagna sit for a few minutes before you serve it; then dig in and wait for compliments!
- This Low-Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole freezes very well, but you might not have any left!
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
This Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole would be delicious served with Air Fryer Peppers and Onions, Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts, Air Fryer Roasted Mushrooms, Pan-Fried Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan, or Green Beans with Tomatoes.
More Tasty Low-Carb Recipes with Kale:
- Kale, Bacon, and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
- Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale
- Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad
- Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie
- Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup
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!
Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole
This low-carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna is so delicious, you won't even miss the noodles!
- 2 medium-sized bunches of kale
- 1 tsp. salt (for water to cook kale)
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 19.5 oz. package hot turkey or pork Italian Sausage
- 3 cups pasta sauce (see notes)
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. ground fennel
- 4 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 C grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray a 9″ x 12″ lasagna-type glass or crockery casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy frying pan, squeeze sausage out of the casings, and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is cooked through and nicely browned, breaking it apart with the turner as it cooks.
- When the sausage is done, add the pasta sauce, dried basil, and ground fennel.
- Stir to combine and let the sauce simmer 20-25 minutes, or until it’s thickened and the liquid is reduced.
- While sauce simmers, add the salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
- Trim stems from the kale, then cut the kale into ribbons about 1/2 inch wide.
- When the water starts to boil add the kale, lower heat so the water is gently boiling, and cook kale 4-6 minutes or just until it barely starts to wilt. (Some kale is much coarser than others, start to check after a few minutes so it doesn’t get overdone.)
- Drain kale into a colander in the sink and let it continue to drain while you prepare other ingredients.
- After it drained, I used a salad spinner (affiliate link) to gently spin the water from the cooked kale.
- In the casserole dish, layer 1/2 the drained kale, 1/2 the sauce, 2 T grated Parmesan, and 1 cup mozzarella.
- Repeat with another layer of kale, sauce, Parmesan, and Mozzarella.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 20-25 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and cheese is starting to brown.
- Let the mock lasagna sit for about 5 minutes before you cut it. Serve hot.
- This freezes well and can be easily reheated in the microwave.
Nutritional information is calculated using Rao's Pasta Sauce (affiliate link) which has only 20 carbs in the whole bottle, the amount used in this recipe.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1089mgCarbohydrates: 4.9gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 30g
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole for a low-carb diet or the original South Beach Diet, it’s important to use low-sugar pasta sauce. I used Rao’s Pasta Sauce (affiliate link), but look for the lowest-sugar sauce you can find. South Beach would recommend lower-fat turkey Italian sausage and reduced fat mozzarella and low-carb diets will prefer pork sausage and regular cheese.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This mock lasagna with sausage and kale was first posted in 2012! Through the year the photos were updated and it was featured for Friday Favorites in 2019. It was last updated in 2022.
114 Comments on “Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole (Video)”
I made a small pan of this the other night (with a few minor tweaks), and it was great—my five-year-old daughter especially liked it. ("*I* don't matter if there's no pasta, Mom," she said.) Thanks so much for sharing all these fun dishes this month!
Please, do not be jealous of us with garden kale, at least not of me. While I have kale year round, I have no tomatoes, no peppers, no zucchini, etc. Fortunately, other greens also grow here and there, so the bed doesn't look like a monoculture. I'll give a try to this recipe for sure. As an aside, I freeze cooked kale too, so even if the garden takes a little break, I have plenty of kale available.
I'm happy so many people are liking this (and jealous of all of you who still have garden kale!)
I've done something similar but I kept it too diet-y (no meat). This looks so much more satisfying. Thanks for posting it.
I LOVE this idea, Kalyn – and I even have some kale still growing in my kitchen garden. But now I think I'd better order a few extra packets of kale seeds for spring! 🙂
This looks ridiculously good!! My husband and I recently discovered how delicious kale is. I can't wait to try it.
Love, love, love! We have kale in our Florida winter garden right now, and lots of it. Because I'm wheat intolerant, I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate my favorite flavors without relying on noodle substitutes. I adore lasagna and always make my own sauce (so it is sugar FREE!) I love eating more healthy by incorporating greens, and cutting out high glycemic starches. This looks like something I'll make this week-end!
This sounds so delicious… I am definitely trying it soon!
Thanks all, so glad you guys are liking the idea.
Your Kale Lasagna has become a staple in our house, so having this Phase I variation is a surprising twist.
Kale is a SUPERFOOD. I don't think it has a cape and flies around, but it is supposed to have lots of vitamins and be extra healthy for us.
Ingenious! And as I've promised to eat more dark leafy greens this year, this lasagna is zooming to the top of my list.
This looks so good! have an extra bag of Kale that I need to use up and some chicken sausage that was destined for the doggies. I'll be making this instead!
It looks like a fabulous mock lasagna. I don't know if I've ever eaten kale. I'm sure this would be a great way to start.
All the flavors of lasagna but without all the calories and and carbs? Count me in! I love my pasta, but I also LOVE my skinny jeans. This sounds fabulous!
Absolutely loving this idea Kalyn. Been craving lasagna lately and really like the fact that this kind of cheats away the pasta! ;o)
Alyssa, I love kale too. Glad you like the recipe.
Jana, it's a green like spinach but with a stronger, slightly bitter flavor. I'd say it's an acquired taste, but in a dish like this where it's cooked with the tomato sauce it's much sweeter and very delicious.
Martha, thanks! Glad you like it.
Jeanette, I loved it; really made the kale tasty to be cooked in the sauce.
Kalyn, such a clever low carb lasagna! I love kale and would love to try this.
Wow, this looks yummy! With all my favorite foods – sausage, kale, and marinara sauce. I've been craving lasagna, but wondering how to make it work for my gluten intolerant stepson.
You've given me a solution. Can't wait to give this a try.
What a fun way to eat your greens!
I've never had kale. What does it taste like?
Yum! I am a kale fan and lover. What a creative way to use it!