This Keto Baked Ziti recipe has all the cheesy goodness of the classic Italian meal but it uses shirataki ziti noodles so it has just 255 calories and 11g of net carbs.
“So what? No freakin ziti now?” - A.J. Soprano
Such were my thoughts when I first learned about the low carb diet. No pasta means you have to give up on all those delicious high carb Italian meals. Damn.
Or does it?
Luckily, I recently learned about a Keto ziti noodle that Miracle Noodle makes. Problem solved! Now I can make the Keto Baked Ziti of my dreams.
But what is Baked Ziti?
Baked Ziti is a classic Italian baked pasta dish. It’s basically tomato or meat pasta sauce baked in a casserole dish with cheese and cooked ziti noodles. For the sauce, you can go meaty or you can go vegetarian. And for the cheese, you can just use mozzarella or do a mix of cheeses like mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta.
Where did it come from?
Italy, that’s where. Oven-baked pasta goes all the way back to Medieval times. Eventually baked pasta, or pasta al forno, was adopted all over Italy. Today, baked pasta is a staple dish of Southern Italy, where it’s usually made on Sundays, holidays and special occasions. (But if you are Carmela Soprano, you can make it any time the priest comes over.)
Is Baked Ziti Keto?
Like I said before, hells no. But with shirataki ziti noodles and a little patience, you can make your own Keto Baked Ziti in no time.
To make this low carb baked ziti recipe you’ll need: shirataki ziti noodles, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, shallots, ground beef, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, red wine vinegar, erithritol sweetener, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, mozzarella cheese and fresh parsley.
- Rinse noodles, dry them and dry roast them in a pan on the stovetop.
- Make the tomato meatsause.
- Mix together meat sauce, noodles, ricotta, parmesan and egg.
- Add to a casserole dish and layer with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake in a 365 degree F for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and noodles are cooked through.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
Pretty easy, right?
Once you've baked everything up, you’ll have a plate of delicious Keto Baked Ziti with only 255 calories and 11g net carbs. Perfect for any time some goombas come over.
So here, have some freakin ziti!Print
Keto Baked Ziti Recipe
A big ole plate of low carb baked ziti has just 255 calories and 11g net carbs.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 50
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 (14 oz) bag Ziti Miracle Noodles
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup shallots, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
- 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 cups whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
Step 1. Rinse penne noodles and dry with paper towels as best as you can. Add noodles to a large high sided skillet and dry roast over Medium High heat until dried, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and add to a large bowl.
Step 2. Heat olive oil in the same large skillet over Medium heat. Add garlic and onions and saute for 2 minutes until softened.
Step 3. Turn the heat up to Medium High and add ground beef to the skillet. Cook until fully browned and cooked through, about 7-9 minutes. Drain off excess fat if necessary.
Step 4. Add the crushed tomatoes, vinegar, sweetener and spices to the pan and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 10 minutes on Low. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.
Step 5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and get out a standard size loaf pan.
Step 6. Remove 2 cups of the sauce from the skillet add it to the bowl with the noodles. Mix well. Add in ricotta, parmesan and beaten egg and mix to combine. Don't over mix. You want to leave some large chunks of cheese in there.
Step 7. Pour half of the noodle mixture into the loaf pan. Cover with half of the remaining tomato sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with remaining noodles, sauce and cheese. You may have a little bit of sauce left over.
Step 8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling.
Step 9. Sprinkle parsley on top before serving.
- Calories: 255
- Fat: 15
- Carbohydrates: 13
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 20
Keywords: Low Carb Baked Ziti, Keto Baked Ziti, Paleo Baked Ziti