ConAgra Foods, which last month issued a profit warning amid "challenges" in its consumer foods business, has added side dishes to its range of Marie Callender's products.

The US group said the Easy Sides pasta side dishes would provide a quick accompaniment to a main dish.

"In the hustle and bustle of preparing dinner, often it's not until we are setting the table that we realise we don't have a side dish to accompany our main course," Brooke Draper, brand director for Easy Sides, said.

ConAgra has developed five dishes, including fettuccini pasta in a savoury chicken flavored sauce and pasta shells in a butter and cheese flavoured sauce, at a retail price of US$1.25-1.69.

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Marie Callender's New Easy Sides® Pasta Side Dishes Help Lose The Fuss At Dinner

Side dishes that cook in four minutes with no prep dishes required

OMAHA, Neb.Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On average, Americans spend 30 minutes each day preparing meals, frequently with recipes that require eight different ingredients.[1], [2] Those 30 minutes are typically focused on main dishes with sides often left unconsidered until dinner is nearly on the table. To help consumers solve the side dish dilemma, Marie Callender's ® , a brand of ConAgra Foods, has introduced Easy Sides, a new line of delicious pasta side dishes. Easy Sides live up to their name with cook time taking four minutes in the microwave and eliminating the hassle of multiple ingredients or pots and pans. Cooks simply open the package, add water and microwave for a savory side dish that complements any meal.

"In the hustle and bustle of preparing dinner, often it's not until we are setting the table that we realize we don't have a side dish to accompany our main course," says Brooke Draper, Brand Director for Easy Sides. "The great taste and easy preparation make Easy Sides a simple choice for consumers. Pick some up from the pasta aisle and pair with your favorite entree to limit the fuss, prep time and mess at mealtime."

Try new Marie Callender's Easy Sides, available in five flavor varieties, including:

  • Alfredo, fettuccini pasta in a creamy Parmesan and Romano flavored Alfredo sauce;
  • Chicken, fettuccini pasta in a savory chicken flavored sauce;
  • Mini Shells & Cheese, pasta shells in a butter and cheese flavored sauce;
  • Parmesan, fettuccini pasta with parsley flakes in a creamy Parmesan cheese flavored sauce; and
  • Stroganoff, fettuccini pasta in a sour cream and mushroom flavored stroganoff sauce.

Marie Callender's new Easy Sides pasta side dishes are available at retailers nationwide and can be found in the soup and pasta aisle retailing for approximately $1.25-$1.69 each.

Original source: ConAgra Foods