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 and bread 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 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

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26 Responses to “Sensational Skinny Reuben Soup”

  1. Patti Says:

    This sounds wonderful, I bet you could make some rye croutons with low cal rye bread to top it off. Also on the sodium, I have found in my grocery unsalted beef, chicken, vegetable and seafood stock. It is far lower in sodium than any low sodium broth and seems to be much higher in flavor. I have chicken on hand at all times and the sodium is 150mg compared to close to 500mg in the low sodium. There is no difference in fat content either.

  2. admin Says:

    All great stuff you shared Patti! Thank you.
    All the best,

  3. Sara Howe Says:

    My husband would LOVE this!! I’m new to your blog, and I’ll be coming back to look around 🙂 I’d love if you’d stop by and link up over at Feed Me Friday

  4. admin Says:

    Welcome to my site Sara. I’m so happy you found it. My husband loves these soup. I’m hope yours does too!
    Thanks for the invite. I’ll stop by and share this.
    All the best,

  5. Traci Says:

    I tried this recipe tonight. My husband was unsure about the soup at first but then told me that it had a great taste. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. admin Says:

    That’s great Traci. I’m so glad he liked it!
    My best,

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  10. michelle Says:

    Ruebens are my favorite sandwich, so I will definitely give this a try

  11. Tammy Says:

    What a fabulous idea! I wonder if Katz’s Deli knows about this? Perfect for a cold winters day.

  12. Lisa at GrandmasBriefs Says:

    I usually treat myself to a Reuben ONE time a year: St. Patrick’s Day. I love them so, so much but they’re so, so bad. Now I can have the flavor I love in a soup! This is fabulous. Thank you!

    I have NEVER visited your site and NOT loved what recipe you’re sharing. Thank you so much, Nancy!

  13. Judy Freedman Says:

    You always have such creative recipes. I like ruben sandwiches, now I’ll have to try the soup.

  14. admin Says:

    So sweet Judy. Thank you. Enjoy! 🙂

  15. admin Says:

    Better thank Katz’s. lol. Hope you enjoy it Tammy!

  16. admin Says:

    Me too and now you can enjoy this yummy soup, guilt-free Lisa!

  17. admin Says:

    Have fun with this one Michelle!

  18. Linda (Meal Planning Maven) Says:

    So creative fun and YUM Nancy!…my hubbie will love this dish!

  19. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day Love this and is now on the list! Nancy!
    Cheers! Joanne

  20. Katerina Says:

    I just want to grab this plate and enjoy this delicious soup!

  21. admin Says:

    That makes me happy Katerina. Enjoy!

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Joanne!

  23. Allison Says:

    I am making this for the second time. I am trying this time to use my crockpot to make it. I am putting less broth in it. I am also using turkey pastrami.

  24. admin Says:

    Sounds great Allison. I know we’d all love your feedback.
    My best,

  25. Allison Says:

    It turned out really yummy. I served it with weight watchers biscuits.

  26. admin Says:

    That is so great to hear! I’m going to make it next time in my crock-pot.
    Thanks so much Allison!
    All the best,

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