Put the ground beef into a large pot on the stove over medium heat. Brown the beef, stirring to break up large lumps.
Add the onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in the tomato paste, dried herbs, paprika, and bay leaves. Cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently on low heat for 2 to 3 hours.
Season with salt substitute and pepper to taste.
Cook the penne according to the package instructions and serve each portion of sauce over ½ cup cooked pasta.
Tip: This recipe is suitable for weight management because you measure the portions. If you're trying to lose weight, be sure to eat the recommendedserving of ½ cup of pasta with ¾ cup of sauce. You can freeze leftover sauce or keep it for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.