One of the most popular recipes on the blog, my low-carb, gluten-free, paleo lasagna is a perfect meal to serve to friends and family. Make it with or without dairy.
This low-carb, gluten-free and paleo-friendly lasagna is a show-stopping dish. It’s a perfect meal for a dinner party, family supper, and even fussy kids will love it. It’s so yummy, hearty and filling, that nobody will notice the lack of pasta.
Speaking of pasta, I don’t think I can technically call this a lasagna as it’s missing the actual lasagna pasta sheets but it still retains the traditional shape, layers, colours and flavours.
What Makes A Good Lasagna
The key to a good lasagna is a tasty, hearty base sauce. I believe this lasagna sauce tastes as good as it does because of the grass-fed beef used in the recipe. I’ve been paying attention to the beef sauces I make with grass-fed meat versus regular grain-fed and I can say with utmost certainty that the grass-fed beef-based sauces are more delicious (as well as more nutritious).
The rest is just good, fresh produce and a bit of patience as it does take a little while to assemble all the layers. It’s a good recipe to make on the weekends and you can get kids or your partner involved in preparing all the layers.
How To Make Paleo Lasagna
Non-Dairy Paleo Lasagna Version
If you want to turn this lasagna into a paleo or Whole30-friendly version, simply leave out the last layer of ricotta cheese and grated Parmesan. Alternatively, you can make my dairy-free faux cheese sauce to drizzle over the top or sprinkle some nutritional yeast or paleo-friendly parmesan.
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For beef and tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 500 g ground beef mince, grass-fed (1.1 lbs.)
- 2/3 cup dry red wine
- 3 garlic cloves finely diced chopped
- 2/3 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 3 cups tomato passata or purée, canned chopped tomatoes are fine
For the lasagna layers
- Olive oil
- 1 large parsnip or sweet potato, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 large eggplant sliced into 1cm-thick disks (1/2")
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup basil leaves fresh, torn
- 6 button mushrooms sliced
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 3 medium zucchini sliced vertically into thin ribbons
- 1.5 cups ricotta cheese optional
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated, optional
- Cherry tomatoes to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 180° C (355° F). Place a layer of parsnip slices with a little olive oil in a deep lasagna tray and pre-bake in the oven for 15 minutes, this will help to soften them slightly before we build the rest of the layers. Set aside for now.
- To make the sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the onions with a pinch of salt for 7-8 minutes, until slightly caramelised. Break the ground beef mince and add to the frying pan. Use a spatula or a potato masher (my little trick) to stir and break the mince apart into small pieces, as it tends to clump together during cooking. Cook for about 5–6 minutes until browned.
- Add red wine, garlic, pepper, paprika and salt to the cooking meat and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Add tomato passata, stir and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle the eggplant slices with sea salt and set aside for 10 minutes to draw out some of the juices. Rinse and pat dry. Heat the oven back to 180° C (355° F).
- In another frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the eggplant in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Add more olive oil as you go along. Set aside; by this stage, all our layer ingredients should be ready.
- Take the baking tray out of the oven and start layering the lasagna in the following order: pre-cooked parsnips, 1/3 of the tomato meat sauce, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, mushrooms, the rest of the meat sauce pressed down evenly, baby spinach, zucchini slices, drizzle of olive oil and some cracked black pepper. Cook in the oven, at 180° C (355° F), for 35 minutes. See the step-by-step pictures above.
- If using ricotta and grated Parmesan cheese, add on top of the lasagna at the 20-minute cooking time mark. Increase the heat to 200° C (390° F) for the last 10–15 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and a few cherry tomatoes. Serve with a side of mixed salad.