2016 UPDATE: Unfortunately both of the products described in this post are no longer available. That's the bad news. The good news is that Rinaldi now offer a No Salt Added version of its original recipe sauce. Only 40 mg sodium per 1/2 cup. Look for it in your local supermarket.
But a couple of weeks ago, I decided to look once again at the jarred spaghetti sauce offerings. I was pleasantly surprised. I found two products that would work well with a low sodium diet. Rinaldi To Be Healthy Garden Vegetable sauce is 290 mgs. of sodium per 1/2 cup. Now, that may seem high to you, but if you've ever checked most of the jarred pasta sauces in your supermarket, you'll know it's actually quite low. The other "To Be Healthy" sauces range from 310 - 330 mgs. per 1/2 cup. The other surprising product was Prego Heart Smart Traditional sauce. All the Prego "Heart Smart" sauces have 360 mgs. of sodium per half cup. Again, it sounds like a lot until you compare it to regular jarred sauces.
One way to lower the sodium content of any jarred sauce is to combine it with a can of salt free tomato sauce or diced tomatoes. I do that sometimes and then add some frozen basil from the summer's bounty.
Last night I used the Rinaldi sauce to make a low sodium version of eggplant Parmesan and spaghetti. I peeled alternate strips off the eggplant, cut it thinly, dipped in an egg wash, and dredged it in flour. Then I baked it on a jelly roll pan that had been lined with no-stick aluminum foil and brushed with olive oil. I sprayed the tops with Pam and stuck the slices into a 450 degree oven. After 15 minutes, I flipped the slices and baked for another 15 minutes.
In a casserole dish, I alternated the eggplant with the sauce and put a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese only on top. The eggplant was not swimming in sauce, just a spoonful on top of each slice. Then I popped everything in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
I combined the remaining sauce with some olive oil and tossed it with the hot spaghetti. It was a good meal, and tonight we'll finished the eggplant leftovers. All in all, I was very pleased with the product.