Cream of Reuben Soup

Cream of Reuben Soup

5 cups chicken stock or 3, 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
12 ounces fully cooked corned beef brisket, chopped, or 2-1/2 cups chopped deli franks
1 8 - ounce can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 -2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup cold water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 large carrots, coarsely shredded
12 ounces process Swiss cheese slices, cut up
1 cup shredded natural Swiss cheese (4 ounces)
1 cup whipping cream, half-and-half or light cream
Rye Bread Croutons  



In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, combine chicken stock, beef brisket or franks, sauerkraut, onion, garlic, thyme, tarragon, white pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
In a small bowl, stir together the cold water and cornstarch. Stir cornstarch mixture and carrots into soup. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more.
Reduce heat to low. Add the Swiss cheeses; cook and stir until melted. Stir in whipping cream; heat through. Top each serving with some of the Rye Bread Croutons. Makes 8 main-dish servings.



Rye Bread Croutons: Cut 4 slices rye bread into about 1/2-inch pieces. Arrange pieces in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes or until bread pieces are dry and crisp, stirring once. Cool completely.