United Against Hunger

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota teamed up with Outreach, Inc. to Unite Against Hunger in Southwest Minnesota.  Financial support for this initiative was provided by United Way of Southwest Minnesota, Redwood County United Way and the Kiwanis Club of Granite Falls. Our goal is to help food insecure individuals and families from Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, Redwood and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle and Nobles counties by engaging volunteers and distributing free food to local food shelves.

General Overview of the Project:
On Monday, January 16, 2017 (MLK Day) hundreds of volunteers came together in Marshall, MN, to package meals for distribution.  We worked with Outreach, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation out of Iowa, to source ingredients and help train packaging volunteers.   ALL meals packaged have been distributed free of charge to food shelves, schools and local programs throughout the service area mentioned above.

Product:
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Tomato Basil Pasta meals will be packaged.  At this event, volunteers will pack 60,060 meals, which equates to 10,000 bags of food or 277 cases of finished product.

Recipes for Tomato Basil Pasta Packets:   
Simple, low cost, easy to make recipes were developed by a team of culinary experts at The Schwan Food Company. These recipes can be used to complemenet the nutritionally sound Tomato Basil Pasta meals and therefore allow you to stretch your food dollars even further.  Our hope is that these recipes will inspiire you to try new recipes of your own using items you have in your pantry.  Recipes can be found below or click here for a printable version.

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Chipotle Pasta & Vegetables

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6

1 Package Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Can Black Beans (or other) Drained and rinsed
1 Can Corn, Drained
1 Tablespoon Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, Chopped
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Diced or Shredded (optional)
2 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro Chopped (optional)

Prepare pasta with Italian tomato and basil sauce according to package instructions

Combine tomato paste, chipotle in adobo, corn, black beans, cheddar, cilantro and the prepared pasta with Italian tomato basil sauce

Stir until combined

Return to stove top and heat over low until a gentle simmer or until 165°F internal temperature is reached

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Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

1 Package Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Pound Cooked Ground Beef or Cooked Ground Sausage or Cooked Chopped Chicken, (Optional) 

Prepare pasta with Italian tomato and basil sauce according to package instructions

Combine tomato paste, cooked meat if using and the prepared pasta with Italian tomato basil sauce

Stir until combined

Place in a casserole dish and top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until 165°F internal temperature is reached

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Toasted Cheese Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

1 Package Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
4 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoon Sugar
6 Slices American Cheese  
1 Cup Bread Crumbs  
3 Tablespoons Melted Butter or Vegetable Oil  

Prepare pasta with Italian tomato and basil sauce according to package instructions

Combine tomato paste, sugar and the prepared pasta with Italian tomato basil sauce

Stir until combined

Place in a casserole dish and lay sliced American cheese on top

Combine Butter (or Oil) and bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top of American cheese

Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until 165°F internal temperature is reached and bread crumbs or toasted