Campbell's Discover What's New Sampling #DiscoverCampbells

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DISCLOSURE:  I received free products from Crowdtap to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

I've been eating foods from Campbell's for as long as I can remember.  My parents bought us Campbell's products and now I buy Campbell's for my own family.

Over the past couple months, I've had the chance to sample a variety of new products from Campbell's. Some were new to me, others I've tried before.

SpaghettiOs Micros

The first I tried was the SpaghettiOs Micros.  I used to love SpaghettiOs when I was little.  But, I haven't had it in probably over ten years.  I liked how easy they were to prepare.  It made for an easy meal during my poor college years, living away from home.

SpaghettiOs Micros make it even easier to enjoy SpaghettiOs.  They come packaged in a convenient microwavable tray.  They're available in four flavors:

  • SpaghettiOs Original
  • SpaghettiOs with Meat Sauce
  • SpaghettiOs with Franks
  • SpaghettiOs CheeseburgerOs
I tried the Original flavor. I was kind of excited to try them since I haven't had SpaghettiOs in so long.  Plus, I was introducing them to my four year old and my one year old.  They had never had anything like it before.

Sadly, my four year old hated them.  My one year old ate most of hers.  I ate my share, though it wasn't as good as I remembered SpaghettiOs being.  Too much sauce and not enough pasta.  Since my kids didn't care for it, I probably won't buy any more of it.

Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soup

I hardly ever eat canned soup.  I have a soy allergy and there are so many canned soups that have soy protein in them.  So, I was kind of relieved when I was sent the Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup with Herbs and White Meat Chicken to try.  It had no soy in it!

The Slow Kettle Style line of soups contain no preservatives and uses high quality ingredients.  They're available in thirteen flavor combinations, like Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque, Fiesta Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup with White Meat Chicken, and Kickin' Crab & Sweet Corn Chowder.

The soup was really good.  It had big chunks of chicken and vegetables.  My kids actually liked it.  I would definitely consider purchasing these soups again -- as long as there isn't any soy.

Campbell's Condensed Soups

We've tried a number of different Campbell's Condensed Soups.  We've eaten some as plain soup and others we've incorporated into cooking.  I was sent the Creamy Poblano & Queso to try.  I had never had it before.  We decided to make enchiladas with the soup.

I found a recipe on the Campbell's website for Cheesy Poblano Chicken Enchiladas (sadly, they took it off the site, so I can't link it).  It looked easy to make and something that the whole family would eat.

Campbell's Cheesy Poblano Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 (1075 oz) can of Campbell's Condensed Creamy Poblano & Queso Soup
  • 1/4 cup Pace Chunky Salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  Stir the chicken, 1/2 cup soup, the salsa and cheese in a medium bowl.

3.  Stir the remaining soup and milk in a small bowl.

4.  Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas.

5.  Roll up the tortilla around the filling.  Place the filled tortillas, seam-side down, into an 11x8x2-inch baking dish.  Pour the soup mixture over the filled tortillas.  Cover the baking dish.

6.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling.  Top with chopped tomato, sliced green onion and fresh cilantro leaves.

The enchiladas were good. We ended up making more than just the six in the recipe and so there wasn't enough sauce to cover all the tortillas.  But, it still turned out okay.  I'd buy the soup again!

V8 Spicy Mango Juice Cocktail

I've never really been a fan of V8.  The idea of drinking vegetable juice just wasn't appealing for me. I did like the V8 V-Fusion that I had tried once.  I liked that they had fruit mixed in, so they were sweeter.  But, it wasn't something that I would drink regularly.

I was sent a coupon for a free bottle of V8 Vegetable Juice Cocktail.  But, oops, it expired before I had a chance to redeem it.  I went ahead and bought a bottle of the V8 Spicy Mango Juice Cocktail that was featured in the recipe/coupon booklet sent with my sampling kit.

The booklet had recipes for Simmered Mango Rice and a Spicy Mango Margarita.  I was kind of scared to try the margarita, so I tried making the Mango Rice instead.  I like mangoes.  I like rice.  I figured they'd be good together!

Simmered Mango Rice


  • 1 1/3 cups V8 Spicy Mango Vegetable Juice Cocktail
  • 1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple


1.  Heat the vegetable juice in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil.

2.  Stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the vegetable juice is absorbed.

3.  Stir in the pineapple. Let stand for 5 minutes.

We ended up making Caribbean Jerk Chicken to go with the rice.  I thought it would go well with the mango flavor.  The rice was good.  Though, I felt you really couldn't taste the mango.  It could've used more flavor.

I was too scared to drink the V8 Spicy Mango straight.  My husband thought it was okay.  It's not something he'd drink all the time.

Campbell's Skillet Sauces

I've actually tried the Campbell's Skillet Sauces before.  My husband is the cook in the family and during the school year (he teaches at a college), I'm in charge of making dinner for the family on the days that he teaches in the evening.  Campbell's Skillet Sauces make it easy for me to cook up something the kids will like, instead of just ordering pizza.  We usually buy the Chicken Marsala flavor.

I was sent the Creamy Parmesan Chicken flavor to try.  I hadn't actually tried that one before.

The Campbell's Skillet Sauces are pretty easy to prepare.  For the Creamy Parmesan Chicken, you brown the chicken in vegetable oil, stir in the sauce, and then cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Super easy!  I served it with some penne pasta and garlic bread.

My kids really liked it. Even my super picky 10-year-old asked if I could make it more often.  So, we will definitely be buying more of this variety!

Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking

I had never seen these before receiving it in my sampling kit.  Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking make it easy to prepare meals in under 30 minutes.  They come in four flavors:
  • Sweet Onion
  • Savory Portobello Mushroom
  • Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock
  • Mexican Style Tomato
I received the Savory Portobello Mushroom. The sampling booklet contained a recipe for Speedy Sausage Rigatoni.  I thought that would be something the whole family would enjoy.  The recipe originally called for zucchini, but I used green pepper instead.

Speedy Sausage Rigatoni


  • 1 pound Sweet Italian Pork Sausage, casing removed
  • 3 cups green pepper, chopped
  • 1 carton Campbell's Savory Portobello Mushroom Soup
  • 8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked and drained


1.  Cook the sausage in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

2.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the green pepper to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.

3.  Stir in the soup and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the rigatoni and cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture is hot, stirring occasionally.

My husband and I thought this was good.  We even went out today to buy more so we could try the other flavors.

Campbell's Chunky Soup

We hardly ever buy canned soup.  When we do, it's usually for the kids.  A lot of canned soups have soy protein and I'm allergic.  Even when the soup doesn't have any soy, I find they just don't taste very good.  I'm not sure if it's the preservatives or what, but there's just something in the taste that I don't like.

I was sent a can of Campbell's Chunky Soup in the Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon flavor.  The can was pretty dented.  I probably should have taken that as a sign...

It was suggested in the sampling booklet to pour the soup over a baked potato.  That sounded interesting, so we gave it a try.  We heated some of the soup and poured it over a baked potato.

To be honest, it didn't look very appetizing.  My husband, though, said he'd give it a try.  He ate half of the baked potato with the soup on top.  For the second half, he ended up scraping the soup off.  He didn't like the flavor.  He felt the cheese tasted artificial.  We ended up throwing the rest of the soup away.

Swanson Traditional Cream Starter

This was a new product for me.  We've used Swanson broths before, but have never seen a cream one.  Swanson Traditional Cream Starter is made with fresh cream, butter and wine, and lightly seasoned with garlic and onion.  It helps make it easy to prepare cream soups, sides and entrees.

We made a Loaded Potato Soup with the Swanson Cream Starter broth.

Loaded Potato Soup


  • 1/2 of a 1-pound package bacon, diced (about 8 strips)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carton Swanson Cream Starter Broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions or fresh chives, chopped


1.  Cook the bacon in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until crisp, stirring often.  Remove the bacon from the saucepan and drain on paper towels.  Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings.

2.  Add the potatoes and onion to the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender crisp, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and cook and stir for 1 minute.

3.  Stir in the cream starter and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in half the bacon and half the cheese.  Top with the remaining bacon, remaining cheese and the green onions before serving.

The soup was good!  Granted, only my husband and I ate it.  But, we both loved it!  I'd definitely buy the Cream Starter again.

Prego Alfredo Sauce

When we have pasta, we normally use a red sauce.  We very rarely use an alfredo sauce.  My husband isn't really a fan of alfredo sauce and the one time we tried making Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch, the kids weren't really into it.  

I received a jar of Prego Light Homestyle Alredo Sauce to try.  I didn't want to just make a plain Fettuccine Alfredo with it, so I looked at the Campbell's website to see what other recipes I could use.  We ended up making a Creamy Burger Bake.  We don't do casseroles that often, but it seemed like an easy dish to make and something the kids would like.

Campbell's Creamy Burger Bake


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jar Prego Homestyle Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 package (7.5 ounces) refrigerated biscuit dough (10 biscuits)

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  Cook the ground beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often to separate the meat.  Pour off any fat.

3.  Stir in the sauce, tomato and Worcestershire and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cook for 5 minutes.  

4.  Spoon the beef mixture into a 1 1/2-quart casserole.  Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

5,  Arrange the biscuits on the beef mixture.

6.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.

We had bought the wrong kind of biscuits and so only had 8.  They were also bigger, so we baked it for about 15 minutes.  The dish was surprisingly good!  Everyone in the family loved it!  Even the baby!  The kids were even asking for seconds!  This recipe was definitely a keeper and a great way to use the alfredo sauce!

Overall, I was pretty happy with the majority of products from Campbell's.  We'll be buying more of these Campbell's products in the future.  Thanks Crowdtap for introducing me to them!

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?

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