Layers of alfredo sauce, browned meat, spinach, and oodles of cheese make the perfect lazy white lasagna. By subbing spinach for the noodles you cut back on the carbs and end up with a delicious keto lasagna entree! This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
If you are from the Trim Healthy Mama community chances are you've tried the Lazy Lasagna from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. And chances are you loved it. I see it mentioned all the time in the Facebook groups and I've never seen a bad review. If you haven't tried that one go buy the cookbook and make it. And then come make my Lazy White Lasagna.
This is inspired by the hit recipe from the THM Cookbook but I left out the tomato sauce and cottage cheese and added alfredo sauce and ricotta. I kept it under ten ingredients and tried to simplify the prep a bit. I had the idea to make this months ago but kept putting it off. I wish I hadn't. It is rich and creamy with bubbly cheese and a hint of garlic. I served it with a quick Caesar salad with my two-minute homemade dressing.
Every night my husband says, "Thank you, honey, for a nice dinner". But on the really good nights halfway through his meal, he pauses for a second, looks up at me, and also says, "This is REALLY good". On White Lazy Lasagna night he did just that. And two of the four kids asked for third helpings.
How to Make Keto Lasagna with spinach instead of noodles:
Using spinach instead of noodles is faster than traditional lasagna if you normally boil your noodles. And it is a lot easier than thinly slicing vegetables and using those in place of the noodles. You can convert your family's favorite lasagna to be low carb just by using spinach instead of noodles.
Can I use zucchini?
You can also do this using thinly cut zucchini. I recommend slicing the zucchini with a mandolin so it is even and then lightly salting it and pressing out the liquid with a clean absorbent towel or paper towels. Otherwise, it will release too much liquid and make your lasagna soggy.
Steps for Low Carb Lasagna:
Step 1: Brown the meat and stir in the alfredo sauce.
Step 2: Mix up the ricotta mixture and spread on top of the meat.
Step 3: Add some spinach on top.
Step 4: Top with shredded mozzarella.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4.
Step 6: Bake and enjoy!
Can I use ground beef or ground chicken?
Yes. Any type of ground meat will work for this recipe but I prefer the milder flavor of ground turkey or ground chicken.
Can I make this keto lasagna without meat?
Can I use fresh spinach?
Fresh spinach releases a lot of liquid when cooking and can make your lasagna soggy. I recommend lightly sauteing it first if you want to use fresh spinach.
Can I use fresh mozzarella?
I love fresh mozzarella but that also releases a lot of liquid. It is better to use the regular packed cube or shredded mozzarella for this keto lasagna.
What should I serve with my keto lasagna?
More Low Carb Italian Entrees:
Keto Meatballs with Sausage and Ground Beef
Italian Baked Chicken with Sausage
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- 1.5 lb ground turkey or chicken
- 16 oz alfredo sauce (jarred or homemade)
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 12 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella
- In a large frying pan brown the meat. Crumble it into small pieces (I use a potato masher to do this) while cooking. Remove from the heat and add the alfredo sauce and ½ teaspoon salt. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 if baking immediately (you can also refrigerate for a day or two before baking).
- In a separate bowl whisk together the ricotta, egg, ½ teaspoon salt, garlic, and onion.
- Spread half the meat in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Top with half the ricotta and then half the spinach. Sprinkle half the mozzarella on top. Repeat the layers: meat, ricotta, spinach, and the finish with the rest of the mozzarella on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until the cheese on top is golden and bubble.
Originally Published April 21, 2016. Revised and Republished January 24, 2020.
“The best thing I ever ate”
My husband said! It was as good! We both kept saying Yumm
Amanda Fey says
Can u use beef??
Jo Stessman says
This looks wonderful. Could I use fresh spinach?
Fresh spinach can make it watery. I'd recommend sautéing it first.
Mary Beth says
Just looks delicious! Do you think that I could make it in a rectangle crock pot? I want to take it to a potluck
Hello! This looks great & I love the original lazy lasagna! I have two questions. What kind of Alfredo sauce do you use or make that is THM friendly? Second, have you tried freezing this (I make mini lazy lasagna that freezes well but I’ve never frozen alfredo sauce). Thank you!
Hi Jenn, you can freeze this. As far as alfredo sauce you can make the one in this recipe: https://joyfilledeats.com/keto-chicken-alfredo/
I'm not sure which jars are THM friendly. You would just have to watch for added ingredients and thickeners.
Dianne Vanderlist says
Found it, I am making it today, Looks really good, I am actually using cottage cheese as I have no Ricotta in house.
What size Pyrex casserole dish do you use for this recipe?
I made another recipe last week of yours that called for the same amount of meat and I feel like with this recipe if I used 9x13 it would be too big.
Suggestions… I was thinking 8x8 but I’m not sure.
The dish in my photos is a 9x13. I personally prefer thinner casseroles so everyone gets a nice piece of the melted cheese on top.
I made this with a mixture of ground turkey and mild italian turkey sausage. I added sauteed mushrooms with the spinach layer. So amazing!!! I am making it again today and I'm going to use roasted eggplant as a layer. I love how versatile this recipe is.
I’ve made this before and loved it! I’d like to assemble it, refrigerate it and bake it later. How should I adjust the temperature and or cook time? Thank you!
You will just need to add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time since the ingredients will be cold.
Gen Peterson says
Looking forward to trying the different variations mentioned in the comments. I doubt, however, that I'll be coming back to your site for more. The video ads here are obnoxious, cover the content and the "close" do not work to shut them off.
I'm sorry, that should not happen. I'd appreciate if you could share a screenshot with me so I can figure out why that is happening. You can email me Taryn at joyfilledeats.com.
Hi, what could I use instead of ricotta cheese, my sisters doesn't like it?, love your recipes!.
I use 1/2 small curd cottage cheese drained with 1/2 ricotta with the egg and some Parmesan. It melts nicely and no one ever knows that Ive made the substitution. You might be able to use all cottage cheese but I think I would run it through a blender first. Hope this helps.
Thanks for replying & info!.
Very yummy dinner! We aren't hard core low carbers but enjoy a low carb dinner reguarly and this is on the rotation. We don't miss the noodles at all.
Gigi Gray says
What if I only have canned spinach on hand. Could I use that if I drain it really well?
I have never used canned spinach before but I think it would work.
Judy Alvarez says
Big hit tonight. I used pork sausage in it.. Very delicious!
We made this for dinner tonight with ground chicken. I could only find frozen spinach in a block so I defrosted it and ended up doing one layer. No complaints! Definitely a keeper!!
JoAnn Hughes says
Do you have a favorite jarred Alfredo sauce?
I like the Bertolli and Classico sauces.
Christine Rickert says
How would it work with shredded fresh roasted turkey or chicken?
Instead of the ground turkey? That would be fine.
I absolutely LOVED this recipe!! I added sliced grilled eggplant and it was amazing!
Taniya Graham says
Can you use cottage cheese instead of ricotta?
Loved it!!! The only thing is when I took it out of the pan, it was like soup! Is that normal? Any suggestions as to what I should do differently next time?
Did you use frozen spinach or fresh spinach? Did you drain the liquid from the spinach?