Sensational Skinny Reuben Soup



Wait until you get a spoonful of this soup…All the flavors of a fabulous Reuben sandwich in this really delicious bowl of soup!!! And it’s dairy free, bread free and gluten-free!  To create the flavors of a Thousand Island dressing, usually used on a Reuben, I added ketchup, mustard, pickle relish and a little paprika. This really jazzes up the flavor of the beef broth. Each fiber rich, main course serving has 189 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  I hope you get a chance to make this soup very soon!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes


1½ cups onion, chopped

1½ cups celery, sliced

8 ounces lean deli pastrami chopped (2 cups), see shopping tip

1 tablespoon garlic clove, chopped

¼ cup cider vinegar

3 (14.5 oz) cans Swanson’s 50% reduced-sodium beef broth, about 6 cups

⅓ cup ketchup

⅓ cup spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard

2-3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

½ teaspoon paprika

8 cups cabbage, shredded or chopped (~ 1 head)

Black pepper, to taste


1. On a microwave-safe plate or bowl add onions, celery and cook for 3 minutes to soften.

2. In a large nonstick pot or pan, add the chopped pastrami and saute over medium high heat, stirring often, for 1 minute.  Add garlic and softened onions and celery.  Continue to cook for 2 minutes, stir often. Add vinegar and deglaze the pot with vinegar; cook until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute.

3. Stir in beef broth, ketchup, mustard, relish, paprika, cabbage and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, until cabbage is crisp-tender.

Makes 5 main course servings (each serving about 1¾ cups)

Shopping Tips
I used 1 (8oz) package of Trader Joe’s Uncured Pastrami. It’s lean, gluten-free and contains no nitrates.  A 2 oz serving contains 80 calories, 2g fat, 13g protein, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 340mg sodium, 0g sugar.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, most supermarkets sell lean packages of pastrami in the deli aisle.

Low Sodium Tip
If you are on a low sodium diet, this recipe is not a good choice for you. Although this recipe is very low in calories and fat, it’s very high in sodium. I used Swanson’s 50% reduced-sodium beef broth but if you want to make this and cut the sodium further, try a broth with less sodium. In addition, you could use low sodium ketchup and leave out the pickle relish. Making these substitutions should cut the sodium way down.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course serving (1¾ cups)
189 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 20mg chol, 18g protein, 27g carbs, 6g fiber, 1277mg sodium, 2g sugar