Low-carb cauliflower lasagna

Low-carb cauliflower lasagna

An amazing low-carb lasagna, from popular Swedish cookbook author and blogger Åse Falkman Fredrikson. You know you absolutely want this cheesy and savory lasagna for dinner tonight.

Low-carb cauliflower lasagna

An amazing low-carb lasagna, from popular Swedish cookbook author and blogger Åse Falkman Fredrikson. You know you absolutely want this cheesy and savory lasagna for dinner tonight.
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

Meat sauce
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef or ground turkey
  • 8 oz. (1½ cups) 230 g (350 ml) yellow onionyellow onions
  • 3 3 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 oz. (123 cups) 400 g (400 ml) crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup 120 ml red wine
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter, for frying
Lasagna Sheets
  • 2 lbs 900 g cauliflower
  • 4 4 eggeggs
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp kosher or ground sea salt
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (113 oz.) 120 ml (40 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
Cheese Sauce
  • 1 cup 240 ml sour cream
  • ½ cup 120 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (2¾ oz.) 240 ml (80 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
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Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Set the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Meat sauce

  1. Chop onion and garlic finely and fry in butter in a thick-bottomed pot.
  2. Add ground beef and keep frying until cooked thoroughly. Add tomato paste in the pot and pour in crushed tomatoes and red wine.
  3. Season with salt, and black pepper and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Lasagna sheets

  1. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and grease with oil.
  2. Grate a medium-sized cauliflower head in a food processor. The cauliflower should be finely grated.
  3. Place the grated cauliflower in a bowl and cook for two minutes on high in the microwave oven. Stir and microwave for two more minutes.
  4. Let the grated cauliflower cool and place in a baking cloth (towel) and squeeze the liquid out by tying and wringing the towel. Almost a cup of liquid has to come out for the rice to be dry.
  5. Put the cauliflower rice, eggs, and spices in a bowl and stir them together.
  6. Spread the batter onto the parchment paper and bake on the lower rack of the oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove and let cool. Cut into adequate-sized pieces, like lasagna sheets.

Cheese sauce

  1. Bring heavy cream and sour cream to a boil, remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Layering and baking

  1. In a deep baking dish that's about 8 x 10" (20 x 26 cm) add some bolognese, then sheets and cheese sauce. Alternate and finish up with cheese sauce and grated parmesan cheese.
  2. Bake for 20–30 minutes and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
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81 comments

  1. Isobel
    If you don't have a microwave, lightly boil the cauliflower florets first, drain them, then whizz them in a food processor. Then you can carry on with the squeezing/drying etc.
  2. Ruth
    Just fyi, sometimes you can find grated cauliflower in a bag in the refrigerated section at Aldi. Handy for those in a hurry.
  3. Glenda
    Trader Joes in the USA carries cauliflower rice, both frozen and in the refrigerator section. They can barely keep it in stock!
  4. Barb
    Is it possible to substitute the heavy cream?
  5. Madeline
    I have the Trader Joe's frozen cauliflower rice but need to know if I should still microwave it and squeeze out water or if I can can just thaw it and use it as is?
  6. Debi
    I read a lot of comments. Sounds delicious but I need a different noodle. The cauliflower I love but I don't have a food processor nor do I have a clue what ricing is.
    Could it be steamed or cooked, sliced or smashed and .....help. Would love the easier version of this.
    Reply: #72
  7. Sherie
    I have an egg allergy any suggestions.
  8. Wendi
    Can you make this up a day ahead and then cook it? I would like to make for our bible study group but I would not have enough time after work to do all of this. If I could make it up the night before and just bake the next day, that would be great. But has anyone done this and had it turn out ok?
    Thanks,
  9. Cyrelle
    This was so good!
  10. Shane
    If it is an Italian cheese, go for it!! I usually throw in 4-5 different cheeses in my lasagna.
  11. Joanne
    can this be made ahead and frozen?
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  13. Beth
    Is the 3 cups cauliflower measured before or after cooking in the microwave please? I measured 3 cups of riced raw cauliflower but only measures 1 cup after microwaving. Big difference.
  14. sj
    I used eggplant in place of the cauliflower. I slice, bread with egg/cream mixture and crushed pork rinds, pan fry, then use it in place of noodles.
  15. @ketolanders
    In keto you can eat wheat, gluten, corn?
    Reply: #67
  16. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    In keto you can eat wheat, gluten, corn?

    Generally, no those are not an option due to carb count and the fact that grains can be inflammatory. Here is a good list of visual guides of foods you can enjoy on a ketogenic diet.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/visual-guides

    --Kristin

  17. Sandra
    I made this so good, used Costco cauliflower rice and microwaved and squeezed out water. This recipe is the closest to lasagne with pasta that I have ever had. Thank you
  18. English Lady
    I bake the water out of the cauli. Slice the head into .5 or 1 in slices. Use parchment, and arrange on cookie sheet. Lightly spray with cooking oil. Bake about 20-25mins. It will steam out the water and cook the cauli. THEN I mix the cooled cauli with egg and spices.
  19. George
    Any suggestions for a substitute for the red wine? Something alcohol free.

    Thanks

    Reply: #71
  20. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Any suggestions for a substitute for the red wine? Something alcohol free.

    You can omit it or use water if you need the extra liquid.

  21. Jennifer L. Millikan
    Riding is chopped very fine... u can put it in a blender also
  22. Emily
    Hi. I had leftover cauliflower 'pasta'. Does it freeze well? Thanks
    Reply: #74
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi. I had leftover cauliflower 'pasta'. Does it freeze well? Thanks

    If cooked, it should freeze and reheat well. If not cooked, it may be prone to falling apart.

  24. Fabian Wong
    If i can't eat beef, what other meats you reckon can be a suitable substitute?
    Reply: #76
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    If i can't eat beef, what other meats you reckon can be a suitable substitute?

    That will depend on the recipe. For a lasagna, you could use a pork based sausage or just ground pork.

  26. Kristin
    superb, made it vege and with feta-cream-greek joghurt sauce ... tasted fab and children didn't notice the difference ;)
    Great success!
  27. clairepenfold1964
    Absolute dream of a meal! Whole family loved it. Sounds more complicated than it is.
  28. Cristina
    Has anyone figured out what substituting cabbage leaves for cauli-lasagna strips does to nutrition info?
    Reply: #80
  29. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Has anyone figured out what substituting cabbage leaves for cauli-lasagna strips does to nutrition info?

    The USDA food database is a good resource for nutritional information! https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/

  30. Karen
    Need nfo on the size of the pan for lasagna. Help
  31. Elizabeth
    I have made this lasagna at least 10 to 15 times over the last several years using the exact recipe it is absolutely delicious. A little time consuming and lots of ingredients and procedures but it’s worth it in the end
    Reply: #83
  32. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I have made this lasagna at least 10 to 15 times over the last several years using the exact recipe it is absolutely delicious. A little time consuming and lots of ingredients and procedures but it’s worth it in the end

    Definitely worth it! So glad you think so, too!

  33. Tonya
    I made this for the first time yesterday. One other person suggested baking the cauliflower to steam out the moisture, so I did that and I think the little bit of char I got from roasting gave the lasagna sheets a really nice flavor. The dish was a winner! My husband went nuts for it and lasagna is one of the things he always misses. He said this doesn't make him miss regular lasagna anymore. Other than the roasting to remove moisture from the cauliflower, I followed the recipe as described. It will be on the rotation for here out!
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