I have been googling how to recreate one of my favorite things, which is ravioli. And for someone following a ketogenic or even a low carb lifestyle, the real deal is not on the menu! Of course that doesn’t mean that you should never enjoy it in its authentic form ever again! However, if you wish to stick to your plan then this is a very simple alternative using cheese slices.
Both provolone and mozzarella slices will work very well for this. For my first attempt, I decided on a ground beef filling. But you can have fun with this! Next time I might try ricotta and spinach, or even attempt this with pumpkin and sage. If you are going to use either, I would suggest straining the excess liquid out very well. You don’t want this to be watery.
1/2 lb Ground beef
2 packages of provolone cheese
Your favorite tomato sauce for dipping
This will make a total of 16 keto ravioli.
Start with sautéing your ground beef. I sautéed it with salt, pepper, dry oregano, parsley, onion and garlic. This is cooked to taste. Sauté in olive oil. Drain the oil from the beef in a strainer. You won’t need that excess oil for this.
Slice the cheese slices in either half. Spoon a little of your cooked ground beef in the center. Grate a little Parmesan cheese if you like. Sprinkle a little dry oregano.
Cover each one with the other half and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, or until they are done. If you want a crispier finish, then bake at 375 F.
I had found thinly sliced provolone at the market, almost like paper. When I first baked them, cheese melted right through the ground beef. So I decided to add another full slice on top, and put them back in the oven until they were done.
If I had purchased thicker slices, I would not have had the same problem. So you will see what happens when you try this at home!
I served these with a quick homemade tomato sauce. I literally opened up a can of organic tomato sauce, added in garlic & onion powders, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, basil & oregano. A drizzle of olive oil and a splash of white wine. It isn’t really a recipe, but truly flavored to taste!
Bring to a boil & cook on low for 30 minutes. Definitely a short cut, but it tastes delicious!