A Little Lunch of Reuben Soup (recipe)

Hi everyone!

Well, we had a ton of things to get done this morning so, that means I needed to get something going in the crockpot early.  I am sure this is what a lot of you do as well, I checked the fridge and looked for the past weeks leftovers. That is how I generally make soups. Unless there is  specific recipe I want to try, my soups are based on leftovers and what I have on hand.

Earlier this week Troy had made Reuben Sandwiches for dinner. Yum! So, that meant we had left over sauerkraut and corned beef in the fridge. We also had a half a bag of hashbrowns. So, that’s where I started my soup.


2 cans chicken broth

2 1/2 cups of sauerkraut AND the juice

2 cups of chopped up corned beef

4 cups of water

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 cups of shredded hash browns

Seasons to taste

This is what I used:

1 Tbs black pepper

1 Tbs onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp caraway seeds

Crockpot on high


Add all the above ingredients into the crock pot. Stir and cook for about 2 hours.

And I topped the soup for each person with pumpernickel bread and Swiss cheese. Kind of a combo between French Onion Soup and Reuben's.


pumpernickel bread

Olive oil

Swiss cheese

Cut bread about a 1/2" thick and as large as you want. Since I knew I was going to use these crocks, I cut the bread to fit them. Brush olive oil on booth sides. Place bread on cookie sheet and put into a 450 degree oven. Bake 10 minutes. Ovens vary so, just watch the bread. You want it toasted but not burnt.

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Ladle soup into crock, leave plenty of room for bread and cheese. Place a slice of toasted bread on top of soup. Then add cheese on top of that. Place crocks on the cookie sheet and back into the 450 oven for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and is bubbly.

I went out and cut some chives to add to the soup.sauerkraut soup 025

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Don’t forget extra bread for soppin’! This soup is quite tangy, which I love. I just thought I would tell you that ahead of time!

sauerkraut soup 027A simple table setting for two. Homemade soup and a good movie makes for a relaxing rainy afternoon!

sauerkraut soup 010sauerkraut soup 011Retro Mikasa plates. I love this green design. My mom picked these up for me at a yard sale last weekend.

sauerkraut soup 013 I picked up a set of these pale green dessert plates at the Christmas Tree Shops for .59 cents each (clearance).

sauerkraut soup 008  sauerkraut soup 014-tile I love these pretty bright floral painted glasses. They were also purchased at CTS clearance $1.00 each. Can you tell I was trying to create a “sunshiny” table because I though it might bring on the sun instead of all the rain!

sauerkraut soup 017-tileWe need some butter for our bread and these little butter dishes are perfect. Also from CTS.

sauerkraut soup 035sauerkraut soup 028sauerkraut soup 030-tile    sauerkraut soup 038  Nothing real elaborate. Just a rainy day soup lunch. You can tell by my recent tablescapes, we have had a LOT of rain and very few sunny days. I know there are rain dances, are there any SUN dances?

I’m joining:

Tablescape Thursday

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday

Open House Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekend Cooking


  1. This is a great recipe! I love that the pumpernickel bread crouton looks like your initial! xo,

  2. Oh My Gosh Diann Sweetie...
    Does this ever look yummy. Is it ready yet? Girl I am knocking at the door for dinner. I can smell this wonderful scent clear out here in the desert. Another wonderful share sweet friend.

    I am home sick with bronchitis, so I need soup. I will be adding these ingredients to my list to have on hand for the future. I didn't even have a can of soup in the cupboard and am to darn sick to venture out today. Going to have to settle for a grilled cheese today.

    Hope you and Troy are well sweet friend. Have a wonderful Memorial weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  3. I love the little butterdish! Scarlett x

  4. mmm! looks good! I am also a big fan of living fabulously without spending a fortune! I have a thrift store blog too! It's called Thrift and Shout! Thanks for the recipe!

    Lindsey Turner

  5. Wow! Delicious and very pretty, too!

  6. Pumpernickel is my all-time favorite bread, and Reubens are my all-time favorite sandwich! Great post - fabulous photos.

    Happy FF.


  7. Hi Diann..yay fabulous post!! Love those Mikasa plates too...how nice they are from your mom. Your chives looks yummy..and all your settings look beautiful and charming...fantastic job as always!
    Have a beautiful day

  8. What a unique and great idea for a soup. It looks delish!

  9. It all looks good. I really like soup too.
    Have a nice day.

  10. My son loves Reuben sandwiches so I will have to make this soup for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love the bright floral painted glasses and little butter dishes.

    ~ Tracy

  11. Your soup looks delicious, Diann!

  12. This soup has me very hungry right now! Yum and the bread, oh my! Cute table also!

  13. Love your colorful placemats and napkins Diann! Great colors do help cheer up no matter the weather:@)

  14. Oh, your soup looks delicious. I love soup and make it quite often, I'll stash your recipe till I have some of the ingredients. Your photographs are fab....

    The French Hutch

  15. How did you think of that soup...fabulous idea, I could eat it right off the screen!


  16. Very interersting soup......I think I would love it! Cute post:)

  17. This looks tremendous! I've never had reuben in soup form. I'm trying it!

  18. Hey Diann! I loved your childhood memory...I LOVE lilacs! I bet you opened your window when they bloomed too so that lovely fragrance could come into your room! (I'm just thinking that's what I would have done) :) Thanks for linking up your soup..it looks really good! I used my crockpot yesterday to make chicken soup...hoping to hold off any more sickness in our house...we're finally better! lol :0) I have a sinus infection, but that's not the same thing as that nasty stuff we had around here. (fevers and sore throats stink!)
    Hope you have a great three day weekend..woo hoo!
    Love ya

  19. What a creative use of leftovers!!
    We love soup around here and eat it quite often for dinner...no matter what the weather :)
    Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  20. I hoped you saved some for me. YUMMMMMMMMM

  21. Your tables accomplished what you were going for. They look bright and cheerful. I'd love to sit at your table. I also like your creative use of leftovers. Sounds delicious.

  22. I love chives!! I have them most every supper these days!

  23. I crave Reubens all the time, this soup looks fantastic! Pretty dishes.

  24. What a wonderful way to use up leftovers! This soup looks and sounds delicious! I would love to try some. Maybe I'll make some Reuben sandwiches for dinner first! :) Thank you for sharing!

    By the way, I'm hosting 2 Giveaways on my blog, please stop by to enter when you have a chance. One for $50 Thrive products and another one for baking molds and more. Have a wonderful weekend.


  25. Hi Diann, Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe at my party. I have saved it to my favorites.

  26. That's an interesting soup which sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!


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