Campbell’s makes changes to its chicken noodle soup recipe

Campbell's Soup
Campbell's Soup

Everyone enjoys a hot bowl of chicken soup, and millions of us grew up with the iconic soup of all soups, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. It’s an American classic! But things are changing.


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Campbell’s is giving its chicken noodle soup recipe a major makeover. The new recipe, known as “Star Wars Healthy Kids Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth,” will consist of 20 ingredients. That’s a reduction of 10 ingredients from the current 30 ingredients.

“We’re closing the gap between the kitchen and our plants,” the New York Times quoted Denise M. Morrison, chief executive of Campbell as saying.

Here at Chew Boom, we think it’s great when words that require us to grab a dictionary are removed from the food we eat.

Among other things, Campbell’s is dropping MSG, preservatives and artificial flavors from all soups in the Star Wars line.

It should be noted that the recipe changes will only apply to Healthy Kids Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth in cans with Star Wars- and Frozen-themed labels.

Cambpell’s chicken noodle soup in the red-and-white cans will remain unchanged, for now.

“This is the first step in our journey and we are currently working on a number of our recipes, but it’s too soon to give any definite timing on when changes may be made to the classic red & white chicken noodle soup,” spokeswoman Anna Burr told NPR.

According to Campbell’s the following ingredients have been removed:

Campbell's Star Wars Chewbacca Soup
Campbell’s Star Wars Chewbacca Soup

Egg whites; potassium chloride; monosodium glutamate; chicken flavor, maltodextrin, celery, cornstarch; disodium insosinate and diosdium guanylate; lactic acid; flavoring (consisting of soybean oil and soy lecithin)

Still in:

Chicken stock; enriched pasta; carrots; chicken meat; chicken fat; salt; modified food starch; water; dehydrated mechanically separated chicken; flavoring; yeast extract; dehydrated chicken broth; sugar; beta carotene for color; dehydrated onions; soy protein isolate; sodium phosphate; dehydrated chicken; onion extract; garlic extract.