6 Hearty Soups To Accompany Corned Beef Sandwiches

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While corned beef sandwiches are a fine meal on their own, they can be made even better with a great soup.

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From mushroom to New England clam chowder, there are many options that will complement this delicious deli meat.

This article will explore the different soups that can be served with corned beef sandwiches and, hopefully, help you choose the perfect one for your meal.

What are corned beef sandwiches?

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Corned beef is salt-cured beef brisket.

The brisket is cured with salt, sodium nitrate, and a variety of other spices for about two weeks, then it’s cooked for about three hours.

It’s often boiled until tender before being shredded or sliced.

Corned beef has been a traditional Irish dish since the Middle Ages and was brought to America by Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century.

Today, corned beef remains popular as an entrée or as part of sandwiches like pastrami, salami, or corned beef on rye bread with Swiss cheese and Russian dressing.

What to consider when choosing a soup for corned beef sandwiches?

When choosing a soup to serve with your corned beef sandwich, consider the following:

The ingredients of your corned beef sandwich

If you are serving a simple sandwich on rye bread and adding some mustard, then consider a creamy or hearty broth-based soup like potato leek chowder or cream of asparagus soup.

If you are serving a more complex sandwich, such as one that includes coleslaw and sauerkraut, then a lighter broth-based soup will work better such as chicken noodle or tomato basil bisque.

Considering the ingredients in your sandwich allows you to determine the flavor profile of your main course, therefore, make the right decision on the side dish.

What other ingredients will be served alongside the sandwiches?

If there is nothing else besides sliced tomatoes on top of each half of the sub roll (the bottom half will be cut off to make room for these toppings), then any kind of smooth flavorful green vegetable-infused broth would make an excellent accompaniment.

However, if there are multiple layers to this meal including cheese slices between meat and vegetables, then look for soups with bold flavors that can stand up to those other strong tastes (like mushroom barley).

6 best soup recipes to serve with corned beef sandwiches

Below is the list of the best soups that are perfect on the side of corned beef sandwiches:

New England clam chowder

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New England clam chowder is a good soup to serve with a corned beef sandwich because it has the right consistency and flavor to complement the meat.

The corned beef sandwich is a filling meal, so the soup should be hearty enough to keep you full until your next meal.

New England clam chowder is usually made with potatoes and clams, which makes it thick enough to coat your spoon.

It also has a rich taste that will enhance the flavor of the corned beef without overpowering it.

The best part about New England clam chowder is that it’s high in fiber, which means it will help you feel full for longer than other types of soup.

Roasted tomato soup

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Roasted tomato soup is a great choice for a soup that will be perfectly served with a corned beef sandwich.

Roasting tomatoes gives them an intense flavor that’s hard to beat, which is why this dish pairs well with corned beef.

The tomatoes don’t need an added ingredient like cream or cheese to make them delicious–the roasted tomatoes are rich enough on their own!

If you have any leftovers (and we know you will), try spooning some over toast for breakfast.

Or pair it with our recipe for cheesy garlic bread to complete the meal!

French onion soup

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French onion soup is such a classic.

It’s made with beef broth, and its rich, buttery flavor is just the thing to cut through the saltiness of corned beef.

The cheese topping melts into gooey goodness that soaks into the bread, which you could optionally dip in your soup before eating it.

If you want to add some extra decadence to this dish, top it with a splash of red wine.

Chicken noodle soup

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Chicken noodle soup is the best choice to go with your corned beef sandwich.

It’s a classic, easy to make at home, and you can easily use leftover chicken for this recipe, which makes it even cheaper.

The soup also provides protein from the chicken and carbs from the noodles, so it’s filling, which will keep you full for longer after eating your meal.

It’s also low in fat, so if you’re looking for a low-fat option, this is a good choice.

Reuben soup

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Reuben soup is a traditional deli favorite.

It’s a comforting blend of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing.

This combination is so popular that it even has its own holiday: Reuben Day!

If you love the Reuben sandwich then you’ll love this Reuben soup recipe from The Food Network Kitchen.

It’s perfect for cool weather or when you are craving something hearty on game day!

Mushroom soup

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Mushroom soup is a great complement to corned beef sandwiches.

It doesn’t overpower the meat and makes for an easy-to-eat and delicious meal.

Mushroom soup is perfect on a cold winter day when you want something comforting but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking up an elaborate dish.

The special umami flavor of mushrooms will make you feel like enjoying Japanese or Korean cuisine right in your kitchen.


There are many different types of soup that can be served with a corned beef sandwich.

The most popular choice is New England clam chowder because it is so rich, creamy, and flavorful.

But if you are not a fan of seafood, then maybe roasted tomato soup, French onion, or a mushroom soup would be better options for your side dish first course!

Don’t forget about chicken noodle as well which makes an excellent pairing when paired with the meaty flavor of this classic deli dish.