Perfect for New Year's Day, a family favorite passed down through generations. It takes work but is more than worth it! You can use rye or pumpernickel bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Toast rye bread in a toaster until lightly browned. Cut into cubes.

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  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and celery in butter until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir flour into onion mixture. Gradually stir water and bouillon into onion mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Stir corned beef, half-and-half, 1 cup Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut into pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until soup thickens, about 30 minutes.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Ladle soup into 8 oven-proof bowls. Top each soup bowl with bread cubes and 1/4 cup cheese.

  • Broil soup in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

692 calories; protein 44g 88% DV; carbohydrates 26.2g 9% DV; fat 46g 71% DV; cholesterol 175.5mg 59% DV; sodium 1699.1mg 68% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2014
I'm rating 5 stars even though I put in less sauerkraut and swiss cheese to my liking. I also added a bit of red bell pepper. We loved it! If you do put in less ingredients you will probably want to adjust liquids as you desire. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
I'm rating 5 stars even though I put in less sauerkraut and swiss cheese to my liking. I also added a bit of red bell pepper. We loved it! If you do put in less ingredients you will probably want to adjust liquids as you desire. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2017
Added a 1/2 cup of Irish beer. Was a hit! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
I didn't make this exactly like the recipe however my wife and I loved this. It's going into my regular rotation. yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2019
I followed the recipe exactly but found the soup to be too thick. I added 2 additional cups of water and 2 additional teaspoons of beef bouillon. That helped. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2020
Loved it. Added a full cup of beef broth as we like our soup a little less thick than it ended up. May add some veggies next time to liven it up a bit!! Read More