Lasagna in a Bowl

bowl lasagna
Bowl lasagna made with spaghetti squash (the ricotta is under the sauce). Photo © Laura Dolson
Total Time 20 min
Prep 20 min
Yield 1 serving

This is an assembled "lasagna" layerd in a bowl. It has all the lasagna flavors, but created individually in each person's dish, in a fraction of the time. It can also easily be made into spinach lasagna, eggplant lasagna, zucchini lasagna, etc, by putting a vegetable layer in over the meat. If your diet allows, you can use any kind of whole-grain pasta. This recipe is easily adaptable to family members with different tastes and nutritional needs.


  • ground meat, cooked and drained (1 lb makes about 6 servings)
  • Per Serving:
  • 1/3 C ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 C sugar-free spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T parmesan cheese
  • 1 C cooked spaghetti squash, or other low carb pasta alternative*


1. Cook the "pasta alternative", be it spaghetti squash or something else

2. Cook the meat with salt and pepper to taste. Drain off the fat.  If you wish,  you can combine the sauce and the meat at this point.

3. Heat the ricotta (microwave works best)

4. Layer in bowl: pasta alternative, ricotta cheese, ground meat, mozzarella, sauce, parmesan.

Nutritional Information (with spaghetti squash): 19 grams effective carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber (22 grams total carbohydrate), 38 grams protein, and 435 calories.

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