Reuben Casserole is an easy family favorite all year long!

Tender pasta, corned beef, fresh cabbage, and zesty sauerkraut tossed in a quick and easy homemade swiss cheese sauce.

Mac & cheese meets Reuben sandwich to create this creamy casserole!  Serve it alongside a salad and some fresh rye bread for the perfect family meal!

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Reuben Casserole from Scratch

  • All of the flavors of a classic reuben sandwich in a family-friendly casserole.
  • This casserole is in a from-scratch creamy swiss cheese sauce that is easy to make.
  • Can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. Bake just before serving for an easy meal.
  • Top with chopped pickles, green onions, or a drizzle of thousand island dressing.

Ingredients for Reuben Casserole in a clear bowl

Ingredients in Reuben Casserole

Reuben sandwich ingredients include corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese and are most often served on rye bread, and with a thousand island or dijon dressing. The casserole version contains the flavors (and ingredients) of this favorite!

CORNED BEEF
If you have leftover corned beef and cabbage, use them in this recipe. If you don’t have leftovers, buy corned beef at the deli. They will slice it nice and thick if you ask and it can then be cubed.

CHEESE SAUCE
The sauce for this casserole is much like a macaroni and cheese sauce but with the flavors of our favorite Reuben sandwich. A creamy swiss cheese sauce adds gret flavor and is boosted with dijon, Worcestershire sauce, and melted swiss cheese.

PASTA & CABBAGE

This Reuben casserole starts with pasta and cabbage as the base, if you have leftover cabbage, use that. A combination of fresh cabbage and sauerkraut adds lots of flavor.  If you like caraway seeds, toss 1/2 teaspoon into the sauce for a little extra yum!

If you’d prefer, you can replace the pasta in this Reuben casserole with mashed or boiled potatoes. To use potatoes, Line the casserole dish with potatoes and top with cooked cabbage, sauerkraut and the onion/corned beef mixture. Top with the swiss cheese sauce and bread crumbs and bake until hot and bubbly!

You can drizzle a bit of or thousand island dressing (I prefer it without as is though).

Spoonful of Reuben Casserole being scooped from a casserole dish

How To Make Reuben Casserole

  1. Cook onions and leftover corned beef (or ham in a pinch) in butter.
  2. While onions are softening, make a creamy cheese sauce.
  3. Boil pasta and cabbage and place them in a casserole dish. Add sauerkraut, the corned beef mixture, and the creamy swiss sauce.
  4. Top panko and parmesan to give it a crispy topping and bake until golden and bubbly.

TOPPING TIP
If you’d like to incorporate the flavor of rye bread, place a piece or two in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until it forms crumbs and use them in place of the panko.

Leftovers

Reuben casserole reheats well in the oven or microwave. You can add a splash of milk if you’d like it to be creamier.

I like to use this creamy cheese sauce for dipping, too. I have had success making reuben sliders and adding this delicious cheese sauce to them!

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Reuben Casserole

Tender noodles, corned beef, sauerkraut, and fresh cabbage are all cooked in a creamy swiss cheese sauce!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 12 ounces dry rotini
  • 4 cups cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces corned beef diced, about 2 cups
  • 1 small onion about 1 cup, chopped
  • 1 cup sauerkraut squeezed and chopped

SAUCE

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2 cups swiss cheese shredded

TOPPING

  • ¼ cup Panko Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon parsley chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cook rotini according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Add the cabbage during the last 5 minutes of cook time. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a pan over medium heat. Add corned beef and onion and cook until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

SAUCE

  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour, salt, and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Gradually add chicken broth and milk a little bit at a time while whisking.
  • Add dijon and Worcestershire sauce. Continue whisking over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the swiss cheese until melted.

ASSEMBLY

  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta/cabbage mixture, sauerkraut, and the corned beef mixture. Add the sauce and mix well.
  • Spread into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Combine all topping ingredients and sprinkle over pasta.
  • Bake uncovered for 18-22 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 458 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 24.1mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole, Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine American

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  1. Tried with serving sauerkraut on the side and not incorporating it into the casserole. It did not work for our family. Disappointing, it sounded really good!!

    1. Sauerkraut is a unique taste, so we understand, but this casserole is still delicious even without it. You can also replace it with a little extra cabbage if you’d like.

  2. This recipe is addictively good! I’m always looking for something a bit different and knew, reading the ingredients, it would be tasty. It is even better than imagined. Thank you!5 stars

  3. This casserole is delish! I wasn’t going to make it because the reviews I read all said “sounds great” or “can’t wait to make it” so I was very skeptical. I’m glad I didn’t let that deter me because I followed the recipe exactly and it’s perfect. I’ll definitely make it again!5 stars

  4. The Rueben Slider ingredienys can be layered w/t one more meat @ cheese & the left overs from that can be placed in the Corn Beef Casserole. Thank you for recipes.5 stars

  5. I’m so excited to try this recipe out also thinking about adding some rye swirl bread crumbs to the top looks delicious thank you

  6. This Reuben Casserole sounds really good! My fiance will love the idea of making the casserole instead of a sandwich!)5 stars

  7. Mac & cheese meets reuben sandwich? Um yes please! Count me in! This looks so delicious and what a great way to use up leftover corned beef!5 stars

  8. Oh my goodness, you have taken my love of pasta and one of my favorite sandwiches and have thoroughly made me happy! I can’t wait to try this!5 stars

  9. What a great idea this recipe is! I love the classic Reuben sandwich but turning it into this casserole is genius! Love the ingredients in this one!!5 stars

  10. That panko Parmesan topping has me swoooooning hard over here! What a fun spin on a classic sandwich, and such a gorgeous combination with pasta. YUM!

  11. Wow and yum are the two words that come to mind when looking at your pictures and reading about this recipe! Nice job! 5 stars

  12. I love a reuben sandwich, and I know I’d love this too! Such a creative idea, and serving with a slice of rye bread is the perfect finishing touch!5 stars

  13. My husband LOVES reubens so this would be right up his alley! I can’t wait to make it and surprise him with it.

  14. I’ve never heard of Reuben Casserole, but ti seems like a no-brainer after reading your recipe! Sign me up for that swiss cheese sauce!

  15. The reuben is one of my all time favorite sandwiches! The sauce sounds heavenly too!5 stars

  16. My husband goes ga-ga over Reuben sandwiches! I like them but usually, have to substitute the bread since I’m not a Rye or Pumpernickel fan. I can not WAIT to tell him about your Reuben casserole! Even I will eat it without having to substitute anything!!5 stars

  17. Hmmm….casserole or sandwich, casserole or sandwich? OMG that is a difficult question. Since both are delicious….I would make this delicious casserole AND sandwiches. Then I would be set for the week.5 stars