Low Carb Manicotti: Just 5.8 Net Carbs

Low carb manicotti is filled with a creamy ricotta and basil mixture then baked under a blanket of marinara and Mozzarella. Here’s the Italian food you’re craving… for just 5.8 net carbs.
For this recipe you’ll need: eggs, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, butter, ricotta, fresh basil, pasta sauce, Mozzarella, non-stick crepe or saute pan

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Low carb manicotti has just 5.8 net carbs per serving. From Lowcarb-ology.com

Italian food is one of my very favorite cuisines. I love the seasonings, the rich sauces, the tender pasta, and the gooey cheese that’s a part of so many Italian dishes. Perhaps that’s why I try to recreate them to be low carb. I really like this manicotti recipe – it definitely has the flavor. It lacks some of that pasta chewy texture but that’s hardly noticeable.  Once I take a second bite the flavor is so good I forget about the textural differences and you will, too.

These low carb manicotti can be put in storage containers and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen in single serving sizes if you prep your meals ahead of time.

Let’s talk crepes. Crepes are very delicate and I tore a couple while I was perfecting this recipe. You’ll probably tear a few, too. If the crepes aren’t absolutely shredded go ahead and use them anyway. The trick is having a non-stick pan, adding butter each time, and getting the pan really hot. You pour the crepe mix into the pan and rotate your wrist to move the crepe batter around the pan. It creates a thin layer this way and you’ll probably need to quickly do that wrist rotation 3 times.

Once the top of the crepe is set and glossy carefully remove it and put it on a plate or waxed paper on the counter. Put waxed paper between each crepe if you are stacking them. When that’s done you’ll spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture down the crepe just off center and roll it up. That’s about it!

You can swap spinach for the basil if  you like spinach manicotti. I love it but I didn’t happen to have any spinach on hand when I was making these.

Delicous low carb manicotti for when you're craving Italian food! From Lowcarb-ology.com

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Low Carb Manicotti Recipe

Here’s that low carb manicotti recipe. Enjoy!

Delicous low carb manicotti for when you're craving Italian food! From Lowcarb-ology.com
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Low Carb Manicotti

Tender crepes are filled with a ricotta and basil mixture then covered in pasta sauce and topped with Mozzarella. Once it's baked it's a creamy, gooey, delicious meal with just 5.8 net carbs. What's not to like? Use a nonstick pan over high heat. It may take a couple of tries to get your crepe just right.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 442kcal
Author Marye

Ingredients

Crepes

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Cheese Filling

  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese I used full fat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 1/4 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella shredded

Instructions

Crepes

  • Put the eggs, cream cheese, salt, and garlic powder in the blender.
  • Blend on high until smooth.
  • Set aside.
  • Melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a small crepe pan or saute pan.
  • Swirl it around to cover all surfaces.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the egg mixture, tilting the pan so that a thin layer is formed that covers the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook until the top is set and shiny.
  • Carefully remove the crepe and set on a plate.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter and repeat.
  • Continue adding 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the pan and then 1/4 cup of egg mixture until all the crepes are made. There should be about 4.

Cheese Filling

  • Add the ricotta to a bowl.
  • Stir in the egg yolk until it is completely mixed into the cheese.
  • Stir in the basil and salt.

Assembly

  • Add a thin layer of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a small baking dish.
  • Place 2 tablespoons ricotta in each crepe and roll up.
  • Place seam side down in the baking dish.
  • Cover with remaining pasta sauce and Mozzarella.
  • Bake at 375F for about 15 minutes or until heat through.

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 360mg | Sodium: 1182mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1665IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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18 Responses to “Low Carb Manicotti: Just 5.8 Net Carbs”

  1. 5 stars
    I am new to the world of low carb, but I gotta tell you, this manicotti was so freaking delicious!!! My husband loves Italian and when I say loves it, I mean he would eat Italian everyday!! He tried this manicotti when I made it and said it was so delicious he prefers it over the regular noodle manicotti!!! Thank you low carb-ology for this most delicious recipe! Keep them coming!!

    Reply
    • I am so glad!

  2. 5 stars
    Can I freeze this once I have made it x

    Reply
    • You can – the texture will change just a little.

  3. What temperature do you use for the crepes?

    Reply
    • I use a medium high flame on my gas stove. It’s different for everyone and takes some practice.

  4. 5 stars
    Big thumbs up! Love it!

    Reply
    • Awesome! It’s one of my favorites

  5. 5 stars
    Made these last night for dinner, my husband and i absolutely loved them. I never made manicotti or crepes before but the were super easy to make. ill make them again. Thank you for this recipe

    Reply
  6. Looks so yummy! Is it 5.8 net carbs for 1 crepe or for both?

    Reply
    • it makes 4 manicotti – 2 per serving. 🙂

  7. If I was to meal prep these would I have to still do the oven baking or would it be good when I microwave it throughout the week?

    Reply
    • no need to oven bake in that case. 🙂

  8. I can’t seem to view the nutrition information. Do you have it? (I count carbs). Thank you

    Reply
    • Here’s what Carb Manager calculated per serving when I imported the recipe:
      7 g net carbs, 34 g fat, 22 g protein, 420 calories.
      I guess it might depend on what kind of sauce you use. Hope this helps.

  9. Can heavy whipping cream be used instead of cream cheese? Thanks
    3.10.19

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  10. THIS IS AMAZING!!! I only got three crepes out of the mix, so just ate 1.5 for a serving. Still plenty filling and delicous!

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  11. This was one of the most incredible keto meals I’ve ever made!!! I think your eggs must be larger than mine, though. I doubled the crepe recipe and used exactly 1/4c for each crepe, and mine only made 5. So that was weird. But these were very yummy and I highly recommend them to anyone!

    Reply

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