Dill Pickle Soup

 Dill Pickle Soup
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Friends! This recipe has swept the nation. thank you to all who have made, shared and loved it. It is absolutely one of the best tasting soups. It helps if you are a pickle lover.

Oh my goodness. THIS. SOUP. I'm completely addicted. I just couldn't stop eating it. It's the perfect amount of sour and savory and the thickness is just right. I'm just in love with it. The kind of love where you want to eat it for dinner and breakfast. I know you get me.

I'm not really sure where my adoration of dill pickles hails from. I do know my Mom ate an entire jar one hot August night when she went into labor with me. And my Dad and I used to eat copious amounts of dill pickle sandwiches just because we loved them so much. He would have adored this soup. Don't worry Dad I ate enough for both of us.

This is also a quick and easy meal, taking no longer than 30 minutes to make.

Dill Pickle Soup serve with a rustic bread for a delicious meal
I chopped my carrots and pickles with the chopper from Pampered Chef...I know so many of you have one. But don't worry, you can chop with a knife too. The chopper is just faster. You do want the carrots and pickles made a little finer than a regular dice.

For example, if you slice your carrots into coins, chop each coin into 6 pieces instead of the usual four.

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Dill Pickle Soup

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 5-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (smaller dice)
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickles (smaller dice ~ about 3 large whole dills)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups dill pickle juice*
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • sliced dill pickles
  • fresh dill
  • black pepper

Directions

  • In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and butter. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Add pickles and continue to simmer.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sour cream and water, making a paste. Vigorously whisk sour cream mixture (2 Tablespoons at a time) into soup. (This will also break up some of your potatoes which is okay. You might see some initial little balls of flour form but between the whisking and boiling all will disappear. Don't panic.)
  • Add pickle juice, Old Bay, salt (*see below), pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately.
  • *All pickle juice is not created equal. Some is saltier than others. Taste your soup after adding the pickle juice and final seasonings. It's possible you will not need any salt or would prefer more or less.
Dill Pickle Soup thick hearty and delicious
Serve with crusty bread and serve as a complete meal, it's very filling.

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154 Comments and 138 Replies

  1. I think I’d be in love with this soup, too! I loooove pickles and sourness. Yum!

  2. Mmm, this makes me think of Chef Otto’s soup from the Trianon here in Portland, closed before you moved to Oregon but it was legendary. I love all things dill pickle, and have made soup a few times. so SO good, and even the skeptics end up loving it!

    yours sounds fantastic and looks amazing – I am sitting here at 4am with insomnia, and all I want is a bowl of this soup!

  3. krebs303 6

    Very Interesting. I read the ingredients and I’m thinking add some celery and onion and it’s potato salad soup. maybe could even serve cold on a hot summers day. thanks

  4. Michele 12

    Sounds so yummy. I love dill pickles.

  5. Elizabeth 13

    This looks wonderful but is there an easy way to get 2 whole CUPS! of pickle juice?

  6. Pat 16

    I can’t wait to try this! I think when I was pregnant with my son I ate a quart of dill pickles a day! Also Dill pickle and Peanut butter sandwiches are good also. My father-in-law turned me on to them and I love them.

  7. This is one of my all time favorite flavours!! A soup sounds weird, but I’m definitely going to try it!!

  8. I LOVE Dill Pickles (for my 18th Birthday I asked my grandparents for one of those 5-gallon barrels; and that is what they got me!) As much as I love pickles, this sounds quite strange to me… but I am intrigued and will be trying it soon :-)

  9. Oh my goodness, this sounds so interesting! We’re going to try this one soon for sure!

  10. Elizabeth 33

    This looks both odd and amazing and I’ll definitely be making it soon. What brand of dills do you prefer?

    • Cathy 34

      Claussen Kosher Dills Sandwich Slices

    • Renee 35

      Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the pickles!! Homemade are best, and crispy artisan or speciality (mcClures are available in michigan) are a close second & worth the premium of $3 you’ll pay – The chemical taste from soggy grocery store shelf or cooler brands will ruin this delicious soup. I have a similar Polish family recipe that my grandma added a note on warning not to use a certain store brand :}

    • Nalley Mini Dills are the best I’ve found, and I’ve tried several. Klaussen minis are good too but you don’t find them very often. The regular Nalley dills are not the same. They were on huge sale once so I bought several jars and gave them all to a food bank. They weren’t nearly as good. Even at regular price though, the Nalley mini dills are a good value, and are very good.

    • Christina 38

      Trader Joe’s dill pickles are as good as or better than ALL of the homemade dill pickles that my aunts and grandparents EVER made. I hate to say it, but it’s true. We buy them by the case.

  11. Susan Prosser 39

    Delicious! I wasn’t sure about this one, but I’m so glad I tried it. But having a hard time convincing others that it’s so good. Lol

  12. Celina 40

    Yes, just yes. Me and my 9 year old will love this.
    Also, my mother used to slice a dill pickle lengthwise and dip it in Pepsi (it HAD to be Pepsi) and just suck out the soda that got stuck in the nooks and crannies of the pickle. It would eventually just become like a pickle soda scoop but it was totally fabulous and its been too long since I’ve done it.

  13. Diana Coon 41

    I discussed this receipe with friends and half said “yuk” while the others said “intriguing”….so I made it. This is delicious! I will make it again…probably when some of my friends who said “yuk” are coming over….:)

    • carol 42

      I just made the dill soup tonight and everything worked out great until i added the flour/water/sour cream mixture to the soup and whisked it! What happened next was it curdled and I had pieces of soft doughy flour in my soup! It was so awful I had to throw it all out! How did you overcome that? Did you add those three ingredients to the soup and whisk also?

      • Cathy 43

        Sorry you had trouble. You said you whisked it into the soup and then you asked if you add the ingredients and then whisked it into the soup so I’m confused as to what you did. The directions specifically say to “vigorously whisk sour cream mixture (2 Tablespoons at a time) into soup.”

        • Tim 44

          The soup was too hot when you added the flour mixture. It was either boiling or very close to boiling and this cooked the flour before it dissolved into the soup. Lower the temp of the soup stir in the flour mixture and then heat to simmering boil again to activate the thickening power of the flour.

      • Kelly 45

        I added the pickle juice to the flour sour cream mixture and mixed it well before adding, my soup was a perfect thickness and nice and smooth, Ok not everyone would like this but good if you are a pickle fan

      • Jasmin 46

        It sounds like you may have had the temperature too high. Curdling happens when milk or egg proteins are exposed to too much heat or acid too quickly. To avoid this, remember to drop the heat to a simmer. Another precaution (what I did, because I hate it when my cream sauces curdle) is to mix a ladle-ful of the hot broth into the sour cream mixture to warm it up slightly before whisking it in. This technique is called tempering.

        • Chase 47

          I added the sour cream/flour mix to boiling water and it didn’t curdle.The temperature more than likely didn’t cause this, it was more likely the acidity created by mixing it with the pickle juice that caused it to curdle.

          • Linda 48

            I was thinking that just making a simple Roux
            instead of the flour, water, sour cream mixture would work just as well if not better. You can still add the sour cream to your soup for the flavor. I did have some flour lumps in my soup using the paste mixture.. Think I will try making a roux next batch.

      • suzan-in-nc 49

        After potatoes and carrots have been cooked and pickles have been added and simmered, you could strain these ingredients out leaving the broth; then add sour cream, flour, and water paste mixture and thicken; if it lumps, you can put lumpy broth into a blender and remove the lumps; then put creamed mixture back into pot and add potatoes, carrots, etc., back into the soup mixture and proceed w/ rest of recipe. From time to time when I’m making gravy, etc., things will go awry and the mixture will lump. I use this blender routine to “smooth” things out. (For the record, when my gravy lumps, it’s usually when I’m in too much of a hurry and have my burner set too high.

      • MoodCook 51

        I love potato soup of any kind, and I will certainly try this one. I’ve been using instant mashed potatoes as a thickener instead of flour, with great results. Be careful not to use too much – I just sprinkle a thin layer over the surface of the almost-complete soup, stir it in and let it thicken up.

  14. Vicki 52

    My former Mother-In-Law used to make Pickle Soup. Our recipe is somewhat different with fewer ingredients but is also very good. This is the first time I have seen a recipe for the soup anywhere else. People sometimes think they won’t like it but everyone that has tasted it has raved about it. I love it.

    • Marla 53

      I’d like a smaller recipe. That would be a LOT of soup if I didn’t like it, but since I like dill pickles when eating oyster stew or veg soup it sounds good. I’d like something that’s easier if Vicki has one. I like the potatoes & carrots in it. I guess I could just
      try to make my own as wish it had less calories, but still tasty. I don’t know where this comment will end up. :))

  15. gmac 55

    Could you tell me what “Old Bay” seasoning is? I don’t think we have it in Canada. Is there a substitute? Thanks!

  16. Meghan 61

    This was delicious!! I cut out the flour by running an immersion blender through the broth and veggie mixture before I added the pickles. My 4 year old pickle addict thanks you for this recipe!

  17. Deborah 63

    I made this last night and it was delicious! The only complaint I have is that is was almost impossible for me to get out all of the flour lumps. I still tasted good, but I am thinking if I make it again, I will cut the amount of flour, or mix it with broth.

    • Cathy 64

      Glad you enjoyed it! When adding flour into a hot soup, only add a little at a time and whisk feverishly to get rid of lumps:).

    • denise 65

      …or you can mix a bit of the flour with some of the broth in a large glass measuring cup, gradually add more flour and more broth until you have a running mixture and then gradually add this to the rest of the soup and then whisk. Works like a charm.

      • Rod 66

        … or you might use the butter to cook the flour into a roux, which could then also be made into a slurry with the hot liquid and slowly whisked back into the pot.

        • Shelley 67

          Excellent suggestion Rod. I was going to say the same thing, I have a ham and potato soup that I adore that uses this method and it works like a charm.

    • Pat 68

      When I make gravy or anything calling for thickening…..I substitute Corn Starch for Flour…..no flour to have lumps in….and much smoother gravy.

      • Cathy 69

        Yes that’s fine in gravy, but cornstarch degrades in heat. So when you simmer for a while or try to reheat your soup it not be good. Flour takes a little more patience but works fine.

  18. Anne 70

    This was DELICIOUS! My husband and I gobbled it up. I’ve never thickened a soup like this before; it’s like a sour cream roux, so neat!

    I made Texas toast to go with, a great accompaniment.

  19. Willis E. Vanderberg 71

    For Christina, My wife and I just returned from Portland Oregon. We met chef Otto and now have his recipe for the Dill pickle soup. For your information he has two restaurants. one is called Otto & Anita’s Schnitzel Haus.It is located at 3025 SW Canby St,Portland Or.97219
    The soup was great and the service excellent They have a second location at Capitol hwy & 31 in Multnomah Village.

  20. Danielle 72

    Oooooh….have been dreaming of this soup for awhile now! Cannot wait to give it a try (and may my naysayer boyfriend be damned…I KNOW he’ll like it!)

    By the way, did Chef Otto work at a restaurant on the waterfront of downtown Tualitin? About ten years ago a girlfriend and I had the most drool-worthy creamy dill pickle soup there. The chef came to our table and have us the recipe but I’ve long since lost it…I wonder if it was Otto?

  21. Brooke 73

    Love the flavor! I cut the butter in half and would use lesst flour next time since the soup came out SO thick, but overall enjoyed it very much.

  22. Victoria Scaccia 74

    Looking forward to making this! My nickname when I was I 4 years old was, “Pickles”,
    because I would slip into the kitchen and sneak pickles out of the fridge. {:~)

  23. Kathy 75

    This really does sound good! I am sensitive to glutens and one of the ingredients that I can’t have any more is distilled vinegar, which is what pickles are made from. I would have to make my own pickles using either apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Reading through the posts… I always loved dill pickles in my toasted cheese sandwich. yum! The first time I did this, my hubby says to me… are we pregnant? lol NO! I would add them after the sandwich was done. Now I’m longing for a toasted cheese sandwich with dill pickles. Thanks for posting this recipe. I will save to try later when I can make it gluten free for me. :)

  24. Robin C. 87

    Yum! I will be making this soon!

  25. Roberta David 88

    Where do you come up with these “off the wall” recipes that always taste so wonderful!?! I can’t wait to try this one! I, too, have been a life-long dill pickle lover, so this recipe really rang my chimes! Thank you for sharing this great-sounding recipe! I know it will be great. :-)

  26. Kristie 89

    I was just wondering what old bay spice is, or what spices are in it? If anyone can help that would be great thanks!!

  27. Carol Freemark 92

    I have heard about this and would love to try it. Can anyone suggest something I could replace the carrots without, without altering the taste too much. I am allergic to carrots. Thanks

  28. J McE 95

    I’ve made this soup but did not put the pickle juice in it. I’ts good without.

  29. Robbin 96

    Just curious…what”s Old Bay seasoning? I haven’t heard of it before?

  30. Joanne Hill 100

    Look for OLD Bay in the seafood section

  31. Denise Rowell 101

    Fantastic soup! I cut the butter to one stick, substituted 1/2 C cornstarch for the flour and omitted the cayenne and salt. Must have had the right pickles (Hannaford store-brand Kosher dills), because it is PERFECT!

  32. kimberlyyu 102

    I made this today with claussen pickles.. I wish I had used a stringer pickle. It is still delish! I’d make this 100 more times. I live me some pickles.

  33. Jen 103

    This is all the rage on Facebook in my area tonight. I seen it on my friends page. He made it and said it was delicious. I posted it and and I see other’s are posting as well. I can’t wait to try this! Dill Pickles are the best. And we should have them in everything!

  34. Wendy 104

    Can somebody please tell me what old bay seasoning is????

  35. Wendy 105

    Ok now I see all the other comments ……asking about old bay seasoning .

  36. Denise O'Brien 106

    This so good. I need a calorie count it though…did I miss it?

  37. Natasha 107

    For all the Canadians like myself, trying to figure out what Old Bay seasoning is…

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  38. Pamela S 108

    As odd as this sounds it was delicious! I especially liked the carrot/pickle flavor combination.

  39. OH my word! How did I miss this one? I am so intrigued by this. Funny thing… I hated all things dill until I was pregnant with my 2nd child. (I was the stereotypical pickle eating pregnant women)… Now I crave them like crazy. I eat mayo/pickle sandwiches at least once a week!

  40. Ronel 111

    When I first saw the words Dill Pickle Soup I couldn’t wait to make it cause I love anything Dill Pickle. I made this last night and my husband and I loved it! It was a bit lumpy but not bad, I just saw your thread above on how to avoid that. Thank You! I love fried Dill Pickles! Do you have a good recipe for that????

  41. pat 113

    homemade old bay seasoning::
    Make your own Old Bay Seasoning mix to store in your pantry.

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Total Time: 15 minutes

    Yield: Makes about 1/4 cup

    Ingredients:
    •1 tablespoon ground dried bay leaves
    •2 teaspoons celery salt
    •1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
    •1-1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    •1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
    •1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
    •1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
    •1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    •1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    •1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    •1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    •1/8 teaspoon ground mace
    •1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
    •1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

    • Becca 114

      Thanks so much for old bay recipe. I’m extremely allergic to mustard in all forms. Found out the hard way about old bay. I usually substitute a crab seasoning from a local place but find it strong and always struggle with amounts. Anyway,thanks again.

  42. bethany 115

    yum yum yum yum AWESOME!!!! Used fage 0% greek yogurt and 2 T flour for the end part and only 2 T butter, just in case there’s someone reading who wants to lighten it up. Omitted the cayenne, because I didn’t have any. Also added celery. I just loved this. Great recipe. Great pics and instructions. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Carla 116

    Saw this recipe on your top 13 recipes round up. Dill pickles in soup?! Sounds really crazy, but I love pickle chips, so I can’t wait to try this soup!

  44. Shaina 118

    This is going on my list. My pickle-thieving daughter will love it.

  45. Boots Jaeger 120

    Just made your Dill Pickle Soup— and it knocks it out of the Ball Park!!! YUM

  46. cej417 121

    In the recipe, is that 5 x 1/2 cup or 5 and 1/2 cup?

  47. bonnie 123

    do you use regular dill pickles in brine the ones that look foggy in the jar?

    • Cathy 124

      I’m sorry I don’t understand your question. What other kind of dill pickles are there besides and regular and I don’t get the foggy part. Sorry.

      • Mary 125

        Well I was wondering too. There are polish dills,kosher dills,deli dills and regular old vlassic dills from off the shelf. I bought some refrigerated Kosher dills and am making soup today. Can’t wait to see how my pickle loving fam likes it. :))

  48. Elle 126

    I made this for a supper night at work and everyone LOVED it and asked for the recipe. I made it vegetarian with veggie broth and did about 3/4 cup flour (adding to my preference) and it was perfect!
    Thanks for the recipe :D

  49. Joan 127

    Loved this soup! Already looking forward to tomorrow so I can have it again for lunch!

  50. Justine 128

    I made this today for lunch. OH MY, is it ever good!!!! I did add onions and celery. A tip for the flour/sour creme/water. Hold back a half cup of the chicken broth, put all four ingredients in a mason jar and shake!! no lumps. Thanks for your recipe.

  51. laura 129

    Has anyone tried freezing this soup?!

  52. Daisha 130

    My hubby can’t have chicken. Could I substitute beef broth or vegetable broth without changing the taste too much? Thanks for your help.

  53. T. Saunders 132

    I would add a few strips of sliced cooked bacon for a bit more smoky flavor & additional addictive cravings!! Bacon & pickles are a winning combination!!

  54. Krysten 133

    I see that the recipe says serve immediately. How well does it store in the fridge and re-heat? I usually pre-make lunches for whole week.

  55. Katelynn 135

    This is a pregnant girls dream! And that fact that I am pregnant, means just the idea of this soup makes my mouth water :) Getting ingredients today…

  56. Peggy 136

    If you have trouble thickening the soup with flour I have used instant mashed potato flakes to thicken potato soup with good results. I also turn down the heat to warm before adding and this helps.

  57. Heather 137

    this looks great, I live in Canada and never heard of old bay seasoning, what is it or close to it? would really like to try this…

  58. Diane 138

    What is Old Bay seasoning?

  59. Angela Elia 139

    This soup is AMAZING. One small adjustment: I mixed the sour cream paste about an hour before I started the soup, and let it rest. That way, you don’t get lumps when you’re whisking it into the base.

  60. Katri 140

    Any suggestions on making this dairy free with no sour cream or butter?

    • Kim 141

      I just use the Vitamix to puree part of the soup when it’s mostly cooked. This works especially well with russet potatoes and creates a nice creamy texture even without the dairy. (I also skip the ‘Old Bay’ seasoning as I’m not a fan of that flavor profile.)

  61. Bob Bultinck 142

    Made this soup last night and I was pleasantly surprise how well it tasted! A nice piece of crusty bread with butter on it will make this a memorable meal!
    Going to spring this on some of our friends at a fishing tourney this weekend!

  62. Kathi 143

    I loved your pickle soup, put more pickles in than your recipe called for,because am crazy for anything with pickles..this was a nice change from all the usual soups I make..thank you.

  63. Wendy Johnson 144

    As I live by myself, I am curious to know if this soup freezes okay.

  64. Michael Hermanson 146

    This must be based off an old world recipe. They eat a lot of this type of stuff in Eastern Europe. I’m going to try this one out.

  65. Kathie Crawley 147

    I’m wondering if I could use dill relish in this (finely diced dill pickles and red bell peppers in dill juice) instead of chopping pickles? Does anyone have any idea how much relish I could substitute for the 3 lg. chopped dill pickles?

    • Cathy 148

      Oh, I wouldn’t, whole different taste.

      • Kathie Crawley 149

        I made this soup for dinner last night, and used the large Vlasik dills in stead of the dill relish.. My husband loves dill pickles, but he had his doubts about a soup with dill pickles as a main ingredient. Needless to say, he approached it cautiously, but ended up eating 2 large bowls, with crusty, buttered, Portugese rolls. He loved it!!

  66. Karen B 150

    This soup is delicious and easy I added corn and onion and used hand blender to make it more puréed. Very good easy can substitute and quick! Doesn’t get better with longer cooking. Serve immediately I love that.

  67. Barb 151

    Do you have any idea what the calorie information is on this recipe? looks like a lot of sodium. please let me know…thank you….

  68. Kim 155

    So yummy!!! I put a pound of ground beef in my soup and it was delicious!! Kind of like a rouladen soup.

  69. Donna 156

    I have hypertension and pickle juice is really salty. I’ll use my favorite new trick for salty flavor. Add some lemon juice instead of some of the pickle juice. It will still have that tart taste without so much salt, and you won’t miss the salt. ( If you like sour oriental soup), try adding lemon juice for flavor. Great recipe, Also, since I discovered corn starch to thicken, never use flour anymore. Dissolves easier. You could even add fresh dill.

  70. Michelle 157

    Can you use oat flour instead of all purpose?

  71. Sharon 159

    Could you use softened an thinned cream cheese instead of sour cream?

  72. Heather 161

    My son is a vegetarian, and loves pickles. I’m going to make this for him, it sounds perfect!

  73. Mindi 162

    My daughter freezes dill pickle juice to make pickle popsicles, I bet she’ll LOVE this.

  74. Barbara Bouska 163

    This has the same ingredients in it that my potato soup with dill uses. Mine is an old (in-law) family recipe that was used a lot during lent and on meatless Fridays. Mine uses fresh dill stalks boiled w/ potato’s & carrots & onions. I also add pickle juice and more dill weed than the original recipe called for. This soup may sound strange, but believe me…..try it before you Judge, OK?

  75. Erin 164

    For those that can’t find Old Bay Spice…….

    Old Bay Spice

    1 Tbsp bay leaf powder(bay leaves crushed in grinder)
    1 tsp red pepper flakes crushed with bay leaves
    2 1/2 tsp celery salt
    1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
    1 1/2 tsp black pepper
    3/4 tsp gr nutmeg
    1/2 tsp gr cloves
    1/2 tsp gr Ginger
    1/2 tsp gr paprika
    1/4 tsp mace
    1/4 tsp cardamom

    Combine well and store in air tight container

    Suggest doubling to have lots on hand.

    Awesome with:

    Should Be Illegal Oven BBQ Ribs Recipe!!!!!

  76. Rachel 165

    Can this be done in a crockpot?

  77. Dee 167

    Where do you get 2 cups of dill pickle juice? There isn’t that much in a normal jar of pickles, and once you pour the juice off, doesn’t that ruin the other pickles? I’d like to try this, but there are just two of us, so we don’t buy large jars of pickles.

  78. Ginny 168

    This sounds very good. What is the best vegetarian substitute for the chicken broth? I used to make rouladen with dill pickles but that’s another story.

  79. Peggy Johnson 170

    Can I make and then transport and reheat?

    • Peggy Johnson 171

      I read the comments and if you follow the recipe as stated it turns out beautiful. I did reduce the flour by 1/4 cup. And I added more seasonings, about 1/4 tsp. of Old Bay and 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper. Possibly a bay leaf could be added in step one. And I also used fresh ground pepper and that makes a difference.

  80. I can’t wait to try this. And i am so glad to finally find someone that loves Dill pickle , mayo sandwiches…. Thought i was just really weird….. Thank you..

  81. sandy glasgow 173

    I cant wait to try this but unstead of using flour to thicken I will try instant mashed potatoes as I do and in potato soup and it works great …Thanks

  82. Jen Noakes 174

    Is there something that can be substituted for Bay’s seasoning? I am allergic to celery and cannot use Bay’s.

  83. Cornstarch is very easy to use as a thickening agent. It doesn’t get lumpy like flour and the consistency of the soup willl be unchanged.

  84. Jeri 178

    My hubby LOVES dill pickles, so I had to make this! I also added my own spin—1/2 chopped onion, 1/4 c chopped celery, more pickles and pepper, and 1 cup of real bacon bits. Perfect!!

  85. Rita W Neher 179

    delicious but wonder why we need the butter? Also I used fat free yogurt and an immersion blender! My husband just ate 3 bowls!

  86. Jodi 180

    My husband just made this soup and it is delicious! To me it tastes like warm potato salad. Very good! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  87. erica reed 181

    ditto on “where do you get 2 cups pickle juice??” That’s a lot! I wonder if we can substitute something…

  88. Gina 185

    This was OFF THE HOOK!!! Loved it!

  89. linda 186

    on pickle soup when did you add the diced pickles it wasn’t in instructions

  90. Robin Abercrombie 187

    Love love this recipe can’t wait to try it and some of the others, will be back for more!.

  91. karen 188

    hi just made this soup, is it suppose to be very very thick ?

  92. Caitlin 190

    Just made this for lunch with homemade chicken broth. Very good!!! Even my husband said it was “top notch”. My four year old and one year old loved it as well. Can’t believe it was such a crowd pleaser! I’d definitely recommend trying it at least once.

  93. Linda 191

    I tried this today! It was tasty but…. I found it to be a bit too “dilly”. When I make it again I intend to use less carrots, possibly omit the chopped pickles (keep the juice) or reduce the amount of pickles. I love onion and I will be adding that to the next batch as well. I did add about a half a cup of Mayo to the soup.. yes… mayo.

    I make a dish called winter potato salad and it calls for a mixture of mayo and dill weed added to the spuds then baked..its wonderful. So to me the soup seemed to need that touch of mayo. : )

    Dill weed would also make a nice garnish on this soup.

    I give this soup a solid B+

  94. Patti 192

    Hi, What could I possible replace the sour cream with as I can not eat dairy but would love this as I am a dill freak!

  95. Cindy 194

    How does one get enough pickle juice?

  96. Gwen 196

    Seriously? Pickle and mayonnaise sandwiches? I thought my son and I were the only people on the planet that did that! LOL

    This recipe sounds amazing–can’t wait to try it.

  97. Melody 197

    Can the left overs be froze for another day????

  98. Christina 200

    I’m gonna make this tonight! Really excited. Any ideas for a baked chicken recipe that would compliment this soup? My roommates are leery of the idea of pickle soup, so I am obligated to make a back-up in case they don’t like it. Thanks.

  99. dar 202

    recipe does not say how much pickle juice?????

  100. loyd 204

    Add Peanut Butter to the Dill Pickle and Mayonnaise sandwich!!!

  101. Gabrielle Tetreault 206

    What is this { Old Bay seasoning} is it like bay leaf??

  102. Linda 208

    I had a tough time finding the Old Bay Seasoning (i was not familiar with it either) but, eventually found it in the seafood section of my local Kroger store.

  103. angela 209

    I just made it…it was Delish! I will make it again.

  104. Ahliviyah 210

    Wondering if hamburger dills will work ok, they are the only kind of pickle I like? Also, can I just use corn starch to thicken it instead of flour, or does the flour serve another purpose as well??

  105. deerie65775 214

    This sounds so good… wonder how it would work in a crock pot???

  106. barton 216

    Wow it didnt turn out right at all! Thanks for ruining my aniversary. Followed recipe perfectly to. Thanks for nothing.

    • Cathy 217

      Sorry you had a bad experience. Obviously something went wrong with your technique as this recipe is highly successful.

    • Kelly Thomas 218

      Please just take the time and read all the previous comments so you don’t have to keep asking the same questions over and over. If you ruin this soup it’s only because you didn’t follow the instructions. Before you spend your time and money, take the time and read. Just use common sense about the dairy, sodium, calories, allergies and substitutions. Sometimes, in certain recipes, when you freeze potatoes and sour crean they don’t reheat well. Just invite friends over, they’ll be glad you did. Lol.

  107. Eva 219

    We have been eating pickle soup for decades! Its a polish recipe my mom used to make and I’ve recently introduced it to my kids…. LOVE!

  108. Mark 220

    This soup is delicious and the recipe is so quick and easy. I did make a few little changes. I sautéed some onions and put them in, I used plain yogurt instead of the sour cream, and I cut the butter in half. I love this soup and will be making it again. I think I will try low-fat yogurt next time, but the full-fat yogurt worked beautifully. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  109. I’ve made pickle soup before and it was good, but Old Bay scares me.

  110. Tracy 222

    I usually substitute dry potato flakes for the flour. It takes on the taste of the other ingredients, and the consistency always turns out smooth.

  111. Julie Buckley 223

    my Mom (from the Old Countr) would top off barley soup with cubed dill pickles

  112. Karlee Davis 224

    I just made this soup and it turned out wonderfully! The instructions were simple. I don’t understand why people had a hard time. Anyways.. My only suggestion or variation would be to add some shredded chicken for more substance. The whisking of the roux made mine more of a chowder. Delicious nonetheless!

  113. Beverly 225

    I am getting ready to make this soup for supper, however it says immediately. Is it good reheated?

  114. Cathi 226

    What brand of pickles do you prefer? Just curious which you used!

  115. Janet Griffin 228

    My grandmother always made pickle soup, she came here from Poland. My mother carried on the tradition, and now I make it quite often. We never used the potatoes, instead we used the wide egg noodles (cooked separately) and placed in the bowl, so everyone could take the amount they wanted. Think I will try the potatoes next time. Also I found Barrel Cured Dill Pickle at Safeway, and they tasted just like the soup my Grandmother used. First time I have ever seen a real recipe for this soup. Love it…

    • Angela Hooser 229

      I was wondering if this could be made without the potatoes as I really don’t like them. Do you just make it basically like the recipe above but without the potatoes and then serve over noodles?

  116. Wanda 232

    What is old bay seasoning?

  117. Bobbie 234

    My favorite after school snack when I was growing up was a dill pickle and mustard sandwich. I can’t eat a bowl of beans without piling in the dill pickles. :) This definitely sounds like an interesting soup! Gotta try it at least once. Wonder if you can just buy pickle juice? We drain our pickles dry by drinking the pickle juice when we get leg/foot cramps…works like a charm….about 1/4 or less cups.

  118. Cathy 235

    I just made this and shared with my neighbor. We absolutely love this. Is this an authentic Polish recipe and are you Polish? Just curious, as I was in Poland this year and never came across this soup, yet it is served at a Polish cafe in West Michigan where we are from. I did enjoy several cafe’s in Poland that served “Zurek (sour based) soup”. This reminds me of that a bit. Thank you for sharing a delightful recipe.

  119. Janet Davis 237

    A friend who cooks at a cafe made this and gave me a sample yesterday! They are going to serve it with fried dill pickles. It is YUMMY!!!! (Does not need the added salt!!!!)

  120. katie 238

    I just made this soup….It is really good!!

  121. I can’t wait to try this soup . It sounds like something my grandchildren & I will love .

  122. Gord 240

    can u replace the old bay seasoning with something else or even remove it all together?

  123. Kolleen Thornton 242

    This soup was out of this world. As good as any polish restaurant that I have been too!

  124. debi 243

    I love the dill pickle and peanut butter sandwiches too – dill pickle sliced thin and then add a thin layer of Hellmann’s mayo…yum!

  125. Kelly 244

    would the dill relish work for this soup??

  126. Cheryl 246

    Tried this tonight and my family LOVED it…all except the pickle hater!

  127. Susan 247

    Gonna have to make this. I used to get Potato-Dill Pickle soup at a German place near my house. The closed…but I still think about it. Thanks!!

  128. Scylla 248

    Absolutely delicious, thank you sooo much for sharing this fantastic creation! I am vegetarian though, so the only change I made was to use veggie broth rather than chicken broth. Also, “Old Bay” isn’t available where I live, so I used my own handmade substitute. Turned out wonderfully. :-)

  129. Jackie 249

    I plan on making this in the next day or two as I have all the ingredients. My question is (sorry if it was already asked. I read all the comments and didn’t see this)
    Can I make this in a crockpot? If so do you think I can add it all together in the beginning or wait on the pickles until the last hr?

  130. Scylla 251

    By the way, out of curiosity – do you simply refrigerate unused portions and reheat in a microwave later?

  131. Deb Helmick 253

    Can the dill-pickle soup be frozen? Thanks.

  132. Jenny 255

    I made this soup last week and it was good! However it looked rough. I cut the potatoes a bit smaller then quarters (recipe calls for quarters) well this made mashed potatoes by the time I was done vigorously whisking in the sour cream/flour paste. The paste also didn’t totally clear up and left small globs through out the soup. I’m going to make it again this week and cut bigger chunks of potato so I hopefully have pieces intact when the soup is done. I also am going to change up the paste by adding more water and less flour to hopefully avoid the lumps of it through out the soup.

  133. Michael Bush 257

    I have got to try this soup – I too love dill pickles. I was so gratified to see people mention that they liked dill pickles and peanut butter. I like taking a dill pickle and just piling the peanut butter on there – I don’t even need the bread!

  134. pam 258

    Made pickle soup, instead of carrots did diced celery and topped with cooked crumbled bacon. Was awesome. True DILL PICKLES foodies will love this with a grilled sharp cheddar cheese sandwhich. And it is good cold too.

  135. Robyn 259

    I can my own pickles regular and spicy wondering if anyone has made this with their own canned pickles?

  136. Lacee 260

    Has anyone tried this with vegetable broth? My father-in-law is a vegetarian, and I was considering making it for our Christmas party if anyone had substituted this and was successful. Thanks!

  137. Carol 261

    what is Old Bay seasoning, can u use something else if u do not have this?

  138. Karen Dawson 263

    I would like to add a protein. What would be better, fish, chicken, beef?

  139. Jessica Campbell 264

    Made this tonight and LOVE it! It’s great for something *different*. The hubby loves it! The only thing I did differently from the instructions was I heated the flour/water/sour cream mixture just slightly in a pan and added some of the soup base to it to help ease out the texture of the mix and it made it much easier to add to the soup with much less wisking- I have puny arms! This is definitely a keeper.

  140. Judy Brasher 265

    I have two people in my family who are gluten free. Cornstarch works just fine in cream soups like this one but you have to first mix it in a cold liquid before adding then whisk briskly as the directions state. I make several soups with cornstarch, thicken roast gravy, and make cheese sauce without any problem as long as I mix it in a cold liquid before adding it.

  141. COLLEEN BURRIS 266

    comments above have mentioned using fresh homemade dills instead of store bought… Anyone have a brine recipe?

  142. Lillian Bradley 267

    Anyone ever try this recipe with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian alternative?

  143. Jessica 268

    I just made this and I love it! I felt like I whisked it alot but I still had alot of paste “floaties” that didn’t incorporate. What do you think I did wrong?

  144. Cary Gray 270

    My family LOVES pickles, so we just had to try it! We thought it was very good. Not exactly the most “health-conscience” recipe, but on a cold wintery night, and a stuffy nose from a cold, it really hits the spot. I will say this however…. if I made it again, I would use half the chopped pickles it calls for, and half the pickle juice. I think it was a bit over-powering. But it wasn’t terrible. Very delicious. But I would have enjoyed a second bowl if the pickles were a mild suggestion to the dish, rather than the main attraction.

  145. What is Old Bay seasoning? What’s in it? I don’t think we have it here! Never heard of it! Please comment me back!

  146. Lori 277

    I made this soup last night, but I must have done something wrong as all my little balls of flour did not fully dissolve in the soup as they were supposed to. I combined the sour cream (I used Daisy Light) with the flour and water, as directed, and added it into the soup a couple of tablespoons at a time. (It was more like a dough instead of a paste?) But I still ended up with tiny little dough balls in the soup even after lots of whisking and boiling. It still tasted good, but I want to make it for a friend, so I want to make sure it turns out like it is supposed to. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Cathy 278

      Sounds like maybe your temperature was too high.

      • Lori 279

        So it should just be simmering when you add the flour/sour cream/water mixture? And it will still all dissolve?

        • Cary 280

          When it came time for me to add the flour mixture, my pot was very HOT. If you are going to add the flour mixture in the pot directly, yeah, I’d lower the heat. Or to be on the safe side, do as I suggested. Either way.

    • Cary 281

      Hi Lori. I read this same thing happen in previous posts so when it came time for me to place my flour into the pot, I instead took a one-cup measurement of the broth and poured it into a separate bowl, then added a heaping tablespoon of the flour/sour cream mixture to blend. Then poured it into the main pot. I did this over and over till all the flour mixture was incorporated. Yes, when the broth is that hot, it will cook the flour into “dumplings”. Try this tip next time. It will work like a charm!

  147. What a crazy flavour profile but I love dills so gave it a try.AMAZING!!!!!!Only problem was it wasnt enough!!!Will double next time so the second helping people dont get dirty looks from me.No one is gonna mess with my midnight snack!!.Thanks Cathy will be a regular on the menu.

  148. Anita 284

    I am soooo pleased with this soup! It was very tasty without being overwhelmingly sour. Definitely will make this again. :)

  149. Gwen Gallen 285

    Made it tonight, and my family was very puzzled! Three out of four of us liked it though. I didn’t add salt in case it was salty enough (and it was). I can’t think of anything I’d do differently. Glad there will be leftovers for tomorrows lunch.

  150. Apryll 286

    Can i use Yukon? Or does it HAVE to be russett?

  151. Pam 288

    Can you cook this a day ahead in a crock pot?
    Wanted to do this for a church dinner.

  152. Delaine 290

    I made this last night. It’s delicious!

    However, after I finished I had that, “What was I thinking?” reaction to having using an entire cup of flour. 1/8 to 1/4 cup would have been plenty. That’s a pot of very starchy soup.

  153. Katie 291

    What’s in Old Bay seasoning? Never heard of it.

    • Katie 292

      never mind – cancel that question please. I couldn’t see the earlier comments till I posted mine. Now I realized the question has been asked and answered. Thanks!

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