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I avoided lasagna for years because of obvious high carb reasons until I discovered palmini pasta! I am so excited to share this low carb lasagna recipe so you can enjoy this comfort food without the guilt again. If you are thinking your family won’t like this…my family liked it, even a very picky teenager ate it without any complaints. 

This keto lasagna can easily be adapted for a low carb, lower fat lasagna as well. I’ll tell you the adaptations needed throughout the directions in the post. 

removing a serving of lasagna out of the pan with cheese stringing from pan to serving

 

What is Palmini Pasta?

Palmini pasta is a traditional pasta substitute that works really well for low carb lasagna, made from the hearts of palm. And, by palm, yes, I actually mean palm trees! Hearts of palm are harvested in a way that doesn’t kill the tree.

The choice of using hearts of palm pasta instead of traditional pasta for me is to reduce the carbs and insulin spike from a traditional white flour pasta.

How does Palmini taste?

We are really happy with how this lasagna turned out! The taste is a little nutty and actually adds another nice dimension of flavor to a delicious lasagna dish. It’s definitely good enough to use regularly so we can enjoy lasagna without the insulin spike from the white flour traditional pasta.  The palmini is a little more dense than regular pasta, but not so much it feels unnatural for lasagna. 

Where can I buy Palmini Pasta?

I was surprised it wasn’t in all of my normal grocery shopping stores, but maybe it will be soon. I found the palmini pasta at Walmart and Publix. You can also conveniently order it online from (affiliate link) Amazon.

How to prepare the hearts of palm pasta for baking

While this doesn’t take a lot of effort, it is very important to ensure the best-tasting lasagna, so don’t skip this – it just takes a little planning ahead. 

  1. You’ll want to drain the can of pasta and then place it in a bowl of milk for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. Next, you’ll want to drain again and lay the sheets on paper towels in a single layer to allow to dry.
  3. It’s also a good idea to turn the pasta sheets over after a few minutes to help the drying process. 
  4. Then, the pasta is ready to use for your dish.   

bowl of milk with hearts of palm pasta soaking

sheets of palmini pasta laying on paper towels to dry after soaking milk

How to make Keto Lasagna with Palmini Pasta

While the pasta is soaking and drying, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients. Start by chopping the onion and saute.

onions lightly browned in a white pan

Add in ground beef or ground turkey, you can use either that you prefer, (nutritional info on ground beef vs ground turkey can be fairly similar). 

ground beef in pan with sauteed onions and seasonings

 

ground beef mixture browned and ready to use in a bowl

Add the spaghetti or marina sauce to the ground beef or turkey. 

ground turkey or beef mixture with sauce

 

Next, mix together the ricotta cheese and eggs. For a keto diet, I choose to use full fat or whole milk ricotta cheese, otherwise, I would use reduced-fat ricotta cheese. 

ricotta cheese with 2 eggs ready to be mixed in a bowl

 

Now, you are ready to begin to assemble the lasagna for baking. Start with a light coating of your favorite spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. 

white lasagna pan with a light coating of spaghetti sauce on the bottom

Next, place a layer of Palmini pasta on top of the sauce. 

palmini pasta layered on top of spaghetti sauce

 

After the pasta is layered, add a layer of the ground beef mixture. 

lasagna pan with ground beef layered on pasta

You’ll want to spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture on top of the ground beef mix. 

ricotta cheese mix on top of beef mixture

Next, add a generous layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. 

mozzarella cheese on top of ricotta cheese

The remaining layers will be a repeat of the first layer and then you’ll want to top it off with another layer of pasta, a thin layer of sauce mix, and a generous layer of mozzarella cheese. 

Next back the lasagna in the oven for 30 min or until it’s bubbling nicely on all sides. Then, turn to broil for about 10 min or when it’s lightly browned. Be sure to watch it carefully, it can go from nothing to burnt in the time it takes to break up a fight between the kids in the next room. 

It’s best to allow the lasagna to cool for 10-15 min before cutting into portions for serving. 

lasagna cut into portions being served

I hope you will find this new way of preparing low carb lasagna as delicious as we did. It is a little different but in a good way. The palmini gives it a bit of a nutty taste that gives the lasagna more depth than traditional pasta. 

Give it a try and let me know how everyone in your house likes it!

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Keto Lasagna with Palmini Pasta

This delicious Italian favorite can still be part of your regular meal rotation while staying low carb or keto with this easy pasta switch without any zucchini.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: keto, low carb
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Stephanie Miller

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey lower fat content if not following keto diet
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar Favorite Spaghetti Sauce or Marinara
  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese low fat if not doing keto diet
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cans Palmini Hearts of Palm Lasagna
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare the Palmini lasagna by draining and immersing in a bowl of milk. Soak for 30 minutes.
    bowl of milk with hearts of palm pasta soaking
  • Place Palmini strips in a single layer on paper towels to allow to dry.
    sheets of palmini pasta laying on paper towels to dry after soaking milk
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place chopped onions into a saute pan to cook until translucent or lightly browned.
    onions lightly browned in a white pan
  • Next, add ground beef or ground turkey with Italian seasonings, salt and pepper until cooked through.
    ground beef in pan with sauteed onions and seasonings
  • Add marinara or spaghetti sauce until heated through. Reserve about ¼ of a cup of the sauce for later.
    ground turkey or beef mixture with sauce
  • In a bowl, mix together Ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and eggs.
    ricotta cheese with 2 eggs ready to be mixed in a bowl
  • Using the reserved sauce, begin to assemble the lasagna by spreading a light layer of the sauce on the bottom of the lasagna pan.
    white lasagna pan with a light coating of spaghetti sauce on the bottom
  • Layer the ingredients: Palmini strips, meat sauce, ricotta mixture, mozzarella cheese, and repeat once more. Then, end with another layer of Palmini sheets, meat sauce mixture, and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.
    ricotta cheese mix on top of beef mixture
  • Allow to bake at 350°F for about 30 min or until all sides are bubbly.
  • Turn the broil on and finish up the lasagna by browning to top for about 10 min. Keep a close eye on it!
    browned lasagna dish fresh out of the oven
  • Top the lasagna with chopped basil for garnishment.
  • Allow to cool for about 10 min before cutting and serving.
    serving of low carb lasagna on a small plate with a fork

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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