Low Sodium Beef and Penne –

There are a lot of high sodium foods we eat on a regular basis. These foods can contribute to high blood pressure and other health issues. The best way to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet is to switch to low sodium foods. Here are some of the low sodium foods we commonly consume.

Keep your sodium intake to under 2,300 mg/day. Two thousand and three hundred milligrams is equal to about one teaspoon of salt. It’s very easy to consume a lot of sodium without even knowing it, because it’s so prevalent in our food. Most Americans consume about twice as much sodium as is recommended.

Today I wanted to share an easy and quick meal that is a mainstay in my house. I make this at least once a week. I make it when I am working, and it gives me a quick and easy meal to throw together for dinner.. Read more about low sodium beef recipes and let us know what you think.

This Instant Pot Penne and Beef with Low Sodium is nothing like the hamburger helper you grew up with, yet it doesn’t take much longer to prepare. It cooks fast and tastes like prime rib in your instant pot, thanks to lean ground beef, garlic, penne pasta, fire roasted tomatoes, cream cheese, and spinach. This is a fantastic pasta meal that you will enjoy!


Total sodium 975 mg – Sodium per serving 195 mg – Calories per serving 377

Low-Sodium-Beef-and-PenneInstant Pot Meal with Creamy Beef Pasta

I can’t tell you how many times I relied on Hamburger Helper to get a dinner on the table quickly. Without even realizing it, I was consuming 550 mg of sodium every 1/3 cup, well above any recognized sodium limit. This low sodium Instant Pot Beef and Penne with real garlic, penne pasta, fire roasted tomatoes, cream cheese, and spinach, on the other hand, cooks almost as fast and in one pot. This is a fantastic pasta meal that you will adore and want to cook again and again!

1629419943_279_Low-Sodium-Beef-and-PennePenne with low-sodium beef and flatbread


If you omit the cream cheese, you’ll save approximately 75 milligrams of salt per serving. Sour cream as a substitute would only add approximately 20 milligrams per serving. You may also opt to leave them both out to save money on salt. I like to use it since it enhances the taste and I’m usually under my sodium limits. Without either, each serving of this meal has about 130 mg of sodium.

Mascarpone cheese (my review) is a substitute for cream cheese that I just found. When compared to normal cream cheese, it contains just 10mg of sodium per ounce, saving several mg of sodium each serving.

I used what was left of a package of penne for this pasta, but any shaped pasta would suffice. Except with spaghetti noodles, which lack the sauce’s “carry” effect. My favorite and most often used pasta is rigatoni, which has greater surface area to carry the sauce and pieces of meat rather than falling off.

I used a 90/10 lean beef and had very little oil to remove. You may use any kind of beef, but be sure to drain any oil before adding the other ingredients.

Any chopped tomatoes will do, but the fire roasted tomatoes are the star of the show. Muir Glen offers a no-salt-added canned version. You may also make your own roasted tomatoes using fresh or canned normal diced tomatoes with no salt added.

While you could use simple water, the no-salt chicken broth gives the noodles additional flavor to absorb while they boil. Water will dilute the tastes in this dish, and NSA stock is readily accessible these days, so don’t let this recipe’s flavor suffer.

1629419944_126_Low-Sodium-Beef-and-PennePenne with low sodium and meat on a fork


Cook the onion in the sauté function until tender, then brown the beef and add the garlic. Then, in that sequence, add the pasta, fire roasted tomatoes (do not drain), tomato paste, no salt added broth, pepper, and basil. Evenly layer the ingredients and do not combine. Set the pressure cooker to manual, seal it, and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. Do a manual release after 5 minutes, uncover, and mix in cream cheese or sour cream. Dinner is ready in one pot.

Because there is a lot of liquid in this recipe for the pasta, make careful to cover the vent with a kitchen towel because it likes to splatter all over. The pressure may take a minute to completely relax. Even after all these years, I’m always astonished at how long it takes.

To get al dente pasta, wait no more than 5 minutes for natural pressure release before manually releasing the pasta.

1629419946_800_Low-Sodium-Beef-and-PenneBeef and penne cooked in a pressure cooker



I used my 6 quart Instant Pot LUX60V3 6 in 1* to create this delicious Instant Pot Low Sodium Meal. The Instant Pot multi-cooker is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer all rolled into one. Because I use it many times a week, this Instant Pot is one of the few gadgets that stays on my counter. It’s very simple to use and maintain.


Instant Pot Beef and Penne with Low Sodium

Ground beef, garlic, penne pasta, fire roasted tomatoes, cream cheese, and spinach cook fast in the instant pot for a hearty low-sodium pasta dish.

Mode of Preparation Stop your screen from turning black.

15-minute prep time

Time to cook: 10 minutes

Course Description:

American and Italian cuisine

5 servings

calorie count: 377 kcal

  • 1 pound ground beef, lean It’s 95% lean.
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, moist
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta – or 1/2 of a 16 ounce package of rigatoni
  • 1 34 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 oz Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes with no additional salt Muir Glen or normal diced nsa
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste (without salt)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp basil (dried)
  • cream cheese, 4 oz.
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • Select the saute – high setting on your Instant Pot. When the pan is heated, add the onion and cook until it is softened. Then add the ground beef and heat, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks. Then toss in the garlic until everything is well combined. Turn off the saute feature. Pour in 14 cup of broth and scrape any stuck pieces from the bottom of the saucepan. In the bottom of the saucepan, evenly distribute the meat.

  • Add pasta in an equal layer in the following sequence. Pour the remaining broth on top. Tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, ground red pepper, smoked paprika, and basil should all be added at this point. Don’t move anything.

  • Cover the pot with the lid and fasten it. Set the valve to the sealing position. Set the timer to 4 minutes on the manual/pressure button. After the timer has expired, let the pot to naturally release for 5 minutes before switching the valve to venting. After the pin has dropped, remove the lid.

  • Cream cheese, chopped into pieces, is added. Slowly whisk in the cream cheese until it melts, then add the spinach and mix until well combined.

  • Serve, eat, and have fun!

To get al dente pasta, wait no more than 5 minutes for natural pressure release before manually releasing the pasta. Because there is a lot of liquid in this recipe for the pasta, make careful to cover the vent with a kitchen towel because it likes to splatter all over. Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes are the only no-salt-added diced tomatoes I can locate. You may use regular diced nsa or make your own.

calorie count: 377 kcal



Eating too much salt is one thing. Eating too much salt and too little potassium is another. You’d think the two foods that go so well together, penne and low sodium beef, would be great for those who are serious about lowering their sodium intake. It turns out, however, that they can be slightly off, since a 1/2 pound of low sodium beef, though certainly not the most expensive cut, has very little potassium.. Read more about low carb, low sodium ground beef recipes and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pasta low in sodium?

Yes, pasta is low in sodium.

Is hamburger meat high in sodium?

Yes, hamburger meat is high in sodium.

What meat is good with pasta?

Chicken, beef, or pork.

Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.