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Sensational Skinny Reuben Soup

Wait until you get a spoonful of this soup…All the flavors of a fabulous Reuben sandwich right in this amazingly 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’m adding ketchup, mustard, pickle relish and a little paprika. This really jazzes up the flavor of the beef broth. The skinny for 1 fiber rich, main course serving, 189 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  I hope you get a chance to make this soup very soon!


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes


1½ cups yellow 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 Swansons 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 smoked paprika or 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.

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, 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 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.

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Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Anne Parris

Saturday 16th of November 2013

I made this today! I used a bag of shredded cabbage from Trader Joe's because they didn't have heads of cabbage in stock.

Everybody liked it! It was a little salty because I used a soup base paste instead of reduced-salt broth. I would definitely make this again, but with everything low salt. The meat adds all the salt you need.

Loved the flavors.

Saturday 16th of November 2013

Anne, Thank you so much for your feedback! I agree, the meat does add enough salt. I love using Swanson's reduced sodium chicken both with this recipe.


Wednesday 13th of November 2013

This is going on my "to-make" list... And, of course, I'm pinning it! ;) Thanks for the fantastic comfort-food-in-a-bowl (or should I say "deli in a bowl?") recipe.

Thursday 14th of November 2013

"Deli in a bowl" I love that name Brianne...Enjoy!

Lisha Fink

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Sounds fabulous. Can't wait to try it on a cold day!

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Thanks so much Sharon and Annie for sharing one of my very favorite soup recipes!! It's an easy one to make and freezes great too. Enjoy! With my warmest wishes, Nancy

Sharon Greenthal

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

I can't wait to make it - I know my husband will love it.

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