Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna
Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna
Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna does an amazing job filling in for lasagna made with lasagna sheets. This is another one of those dishes where you realise that low carb eating isn’t a compromise, and in this case, it’s just an amazing tasting version of traditional lasagna.
In preparing the eggplant for this dish, there is no need to salt your eggplant these days, so go ahead and slice them, and use them straight away. You can either oven bake the eggplant slices basted with a little extra virgin olive oil-EVOO, in a moderate to hot oven for about 10 minutes, or you can zap them for 3-4 minutes in the microwave or, simply steam or boil them for a few minutes.
The recipe for the meat filling is based on my recipe for a low carb classic Italian Marinara sauce, so if you happen to have any on hand that you may have made earlier, you could simply add that to the browned mince instead and cook it off for about 30 minutes. I love to make this recipe near the end of the week as I always have mushrooms, tomato, zucchini, eggplant and peppers etc., that need using up in the fridge. I add them to the sauce so minimise waste, as well as adding a nutritional boost to the recipe. If it is clear out the fridge day and I don’t want to make the whole dish, I often just saute the vegetables in some oil till cooked and freeze them for use next time I want to make this dish, or a vegetarian or pasta sauce. Note that I added some additional red peppers and mushrooms to the sauce in the recipe featured.
The low carb white sauce that goes with this recipe is so quick and easy to make. Even if I was to make a traditional lasagna, I would still use this recipe, as it can be made in an instant. The ricotta cheese is a great addition to the white sauce but you could also make the sauce without it. Simply omit the ricotta and add a 1/4 cup cream in it’s place. Add the eggs and cheese, and the sauce will still turn out really well.
Feel free to switch the meat for any other minced meat, such as chicken, turkey and veal. You could also make this vegetarian by simply omitting the meat and boosting it with lots of vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, celery, olives etc.
2 large eggplant sliced 1 cm (1/3 inch) thick- rubbed with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and oven baked for 10 minutes or microwaved for 3-4 minutes.
½ cup grated cheese/mozzarella/tasty to top your lasagna
500 gms (20 oz) of ground beef
800 gms (28 oz ) tinned tomatoes diced sugar free
½ - 1 cup red wine
1 large onion finely chopped
2 Tbspns chopped garlic
2 Tbspns chopped parsley
2 tspns dried oregano
A dash of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional- add red or green peppers, olives, additional eggplant, mushrooms or celery, to boost the nutritional value (and clean out your fridge)
1- 1 ½ cups ricotta cheese-from 250 gms to 375 gms
½ cup of cream- full fat
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
Preheat oven to 180 C /360 F
To Prepare the Filling
1. Cook off the minced meat until brown.
2. Add the garlic and onion and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.
3. Add the red wine and continue cooking for a further few minutes until the wine reduces slightly.
4. Add any additional vegetables that you desire (including the ends of the eggplant that have too much skin on them) and cook for another 5 minutes.
5. Add tomato and herbs and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
To Prepare the White Sauce
1. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
2. Beat in the cream and ricotta and season with salt and pepper.
4. Fold in the grated cheese.
To Construct Lasagna
1. Using a 20 cm x 25 cm (8 x 10 inch) lasagna pan, place a layer of eggplant on the bottom of the pan.
2. Spoon on about 1/3 of the meat and top with about 1/4 of the white sauce.
3. Repeat the layers 2 more times finishing a layer of white sauce.
4. Sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella cheese to finish.
5. Bake in a moderately hot oven approximately 180 C /360 F for 40-50 minutes. If you want it browned more, simply up the temperature for the last 10 minutes of baking.
Allow to rest for approximately 15 minutes before eating.
Tastes amazing the next day and holds its shape really well.
Ideal for freezing.
Make a vegetarian filling by omitting the meat and boosting with vegetables.
Use any type of minced meat in place of the beef.
Use white wine instead of red if there isn't any red available!! (red wine boosts the flavour of this sauce) or omit wine and add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar.
I specified between 1- 1 ½ cups or 250-375 gms of ricotta cheese as it depends on the size of the container you can buy. Either size if fine although I like to use the larger container as it makes the lasagna creamier.
A KETohh creation