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Reuben Soup

Reuben Soup is a liquid version of everyone’s favorite deli sandwich. It’s thick and hearty with lots of corned beef and sauerkraut plus melted swiss cheese. A little garlic, horseradish, cayenne pepper, and caraway seeds flavor the soup along with Thousand Island dressing.

Reuben Soup

I think it is the Thousand Island dressing that makes me enjoy a Reuben so much.

Reuben Soup with corned beef and swiss cheese

Corned beef, sauerkraut and Thousand Island make one of the most amazing flavor combos ever. So amazing that I’ve used them in lots of different recipes including Reuben Fritters, Reuben Dip, Reuben Pinwheels, and Reuben Crescents.

I cut some Rye bread into pieces, toasted it with swiss cheese and topped the soup with them.

Reuben Soup with corned beef and swiss cheese and saeurkraut

Reuben Soup Ingredient List

The ingredient list for this soup is a little long but the cooking time doesn’t take long at all. I typically get the first half of the ingredients list ready to go then get the rest of the ingredients ready while the onion and celery cook. Saves a ton of time.

Recommended Equipment

  • Dutch Oven- I love this Lodge Cast Iron Enamel Dutch Oven. It comes in 2 beautiful colors and holds heat really well and is much less expensive than some other brands.
Reuben Soup with corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut


Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and reheated in a pot or in the microwave. If too thick, thin with a little milk.

Reuben Soup

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Reuben Soup

Reuben Soup

Reuben Soup is a liquid version of everyone's favorite deli sandwich. It's thick and hearty with lots of corned beef and sauerkraut plus melted swiss cheese.
PREP: 8 minutes
COOK: 22 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings



  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded swiss cheese, divided
  • 1 pound thinly sliced corned beef from the deli, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • rye bread for serving


  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle flour on top. Stir in and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in half-and-half, Thousand Island, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, caraway seeds, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low and stir in sauerkraut, 1 1/2 cups swiss cheese, and corned beef. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Cut rye bread into squares. (I used a round cookie cutter to make circles. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining swiss cheese. Place in 400 degree oven until cheese is melted.
  • Serve soup with croutons.


Calories: 592kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corned beef, reuben

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32 thoughts on “Reuben Soup”

  1. Wendy Hanson

    This is one of my favorite soup recipes to make with left over corned beef. I have made this recipe for the past couple years. Sometimes I add more cayenne pepper, sour kraut, thousand island dressing, or caraway jack cheese depending on what I have left over. The caraway jack cheese is a different texture than swiss cheese when melted. The soup tastes fantastic anyway you make it plus quick and easy to make.

  2. Very good. However, I did notice that the Swiss cheese added to the soup is the same for 6 servings as it is for 12 according to the instructions. For 12 servings that would leave 2 1/2 cups for the croutons.

  3. I’ve made several versions of Reuben soup and this one is probably the best. You may be tempted to omit the 1000 Island Dressing but don’t give in. I think it adds a bit of sweetness to balance the sauerkraut.

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