The Best Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce

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This Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce will make you forget all about the sodium-filled jar sauces. It’s full of flavor, easy to make, and has only 113 mgs of sodium per 1-cup serving.

A trip down your grocery store’s pasta sauce aisle can be a sad one when you’re on a low sodium diet. The jars of marinara sauce you may have been purchasing for years are now likely off limits because one serving can contain more than 400 mgs of sodium. When our family transitioned to a low sodium lifestyle, spaghetti with a meat sauce made of ground beef and my husband’s favorite jarred marinara sauce was a meal he missed most. I missed the convenience of cooking up a tasty meal in minutes with the head start of an already simmered and seasoned sauce. 

Well, my Easy Low Sodium Tomato Sauce and ground beef or turkey are here to help you get rid of the Sodium Sads™! The tomato sauce makes a big batch so you can freeze some to use when you need something delicious on the table in a hurry. You can thaw it overnight in the fridge or if you want to use it immediately, place the frozen sauce in a saucepan and cook it over medium low heat until it’s ready to use. 

How to Cut the Sodium in Spaghetti Sauce

Check the sodium amount per serving in the ground meat or poultry you’re using. The ground beef I used to develop this recipe contains 75 mgs of sodium per four ounce serving. Some meats and poultry are injected with preservatives that are extremely high in sodium so it’s important to check the label every single time you buy. 

Some spices have salt added to increase flavor. Check the label on your spice jars before you buy them to make sure there’s no salt added or if there is that the numbers fit within your daily sodium allowance.

If you’re using a store bought tomato sauce look for no salt added or low sodium products.

The Low Sodium Ingredients You’ll Need

Olive Oil

Ground beef or turkey

Garlic Powder


Salt-Free Seasoning

Italian Seasoning

low sodium tomato sauce, ground beef, spices and olive in small bowls


Large Heavy-Bottomed Pan 

Wooden Spoon

How to Make The Best Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce

This sauce is perfect for busy nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly. Start by adding the ground beef or turkey and the spices in a large pan over medium high heat. Once the beef or turkey is completely cooked through, stir in the tomato sauce. I use my Easy Low Sodium Tomato Sauce, but you can use your favorite low sodium sauce instead. Simmer for 30-45 minutes and serve over pasta.

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4 photo grid of raw meat in pan with spices, tomato sauce and final spaghetti sauce

Variations on a Delicious Theme

If you have time for chopping, you can add diced onions, bell peppers, carrots or other vegetables to the sauce for added flavor. Add your veggies once the meat is brown to prevent them from overcooking. If you’re using carrots, chop them into small pieces so they’ll cook quickly.

spaghetti topped with meat sauce


Is ground beef or ground turkey a better low sodium option?

Low sodium ground beef and ground turkey are available in most grocery stores. They’re not labeled low sodium but many contain between 60-85 mgs of sodium per 4 oz serving. Check your labels before purchasing.

Can I use any low sodium tomato sauce to make this?

Absolutely! I like to use my Easy Low Sodium Tomato Sauce in this recipe but you can also use your own homemade low sodium tomato sauce or a jarred marinara sauce like The Silver Palate Low Sodium Marinara

Can I freeze this?Yes! I fill a Souper Cubes tray with 1 cup of the cooled sauce and freeze it. Once it’s frozen I place the frozen sauce into freezer bags. You can freeze the sauce in ziptop freezer bags. They’ll lay flat in your freezer, which saves space. Don’t forget to label your bags. To thaw, place the frozen sauce in the fridge overnight.

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