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Cream of Dill Pickle Soup

Dill Pickle Soup sounds unusual, but the combination of pickles, potatoes, beef and curry powder results in a tasty meal when paired with fresh bread.

What??? Yes….pickle soup. It is exactly as it sounds. Soup with pickles in it. Yes it’s good, I promise. Try it.

I had never heard of this soup before meeting my husband, and he raved about it after trying it at a friend’s house. Pickles are delicious so I decided to give it a try too. I browsed the internet for recipes, and found that it is actually a real thing. I tried a few recipes, added and subtracted ingredients and eventually came up with my own recipe for Cream of Dill Pickle Soup.

Cream of Dill Pickle Soup

When I was developing this recipe, I knew I wanted it to be creamy (but not laden with fat), chunky, a little meaty and have a strong pickle flavor. I don’t like soups that are thin with no substance to them.

The creaminess in this soup comes from the addition of evaporated milk at the end of the cooking. I always use evaporated milk in my soups to provide creaminess without all the extra fat that you would get from cream. The red potatoes also help to thicken the soup and give it a little texture.

Pickle soup overhead

Where does this soup get it’s pickle flavor?

There are several ingredients in this soup that help give it a big punch of dill pickle flavor:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chopped dill pickles
  • Dill pickle brine
  • Fresh (or dried) dill
Pickle soup

While this soup definitely sounds odd (pickles and curry…together?), it somehow works. I love to serve it with fresh bread or rolls. Like any soup, it’s perfect on a chilly day. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.

Cream of Dill Pickle Soup Nutrition Notes:

I calculated the nutrition information for this recipe using extra lean ground beef. If you use ground turkey, your soup will have less fat. If you use lean or regular ground beef, your soup will have more fat and may end up greasy.

Using canned evaporated milk instead of cream in this recipe (as in all cream soup recipes) significantly cuts down on fat, saturated fat and calorie content of the recipe compared to using half and half or heavy cream.

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Cream of Dill Pickle Soup

Dill Pickle Soup sounds unusual, but the combination of pickles, potatoes, beef and curry powder results in a tasty meal when paired with fresh bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 230kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey (see note)
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles (about 8-10 small pickles)
  • 3 Tablespoons dill pickle brine
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 14 ounce can evaporated milk


  • Melt butter in a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef (or turkey), and cook until browned, breaking it up with spoon as it cooks.Β 
  • Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, pickles, pickle brine, Worcestershire, dill, curry powder and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered until potatoes are soft, about 30-40 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk and heat through, but don't bring to a boil. Remove bay leaves and serve, topping with additional fresh dill and/or pickle slices if desired.


If you use lean or regular ground beef, your soup will have a higher fat content, and may end up greasy.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • Reply
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
    March 23, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    This sounds suuuuper delish! My mother is German and so I’ve had pickles in soup before – yes, it might sound weird to some, but after trying it, it’s sooo good!

  • Reply
    March 25, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    When Nolan was our babysitter he once ate all our pickles and then drank the brine straight from the jar… He told us it was good for our health!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

      Hahaha…Wow! Funny, he never mentioned that one!

  • Reply
    February 8, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    This was awesome. I made a pickle soup a while ago and it was okay… this soup will definitely be a keeper!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2017 at 8:21 PM

      I’m so glad you liked it. And that reminds me…I definitely need to make this again soon!

  • Reply
    December 18, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    5 stars
    This looks so great. Been looking for a good soup recipe to make for the family. So happy that this one is centered around dill pickles! Can’t wait to make this at home!

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    Tracy lichacz
    September 9, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    How do u thicken this soup if the soup is not think? I am making this tonite need a answer soon please..

    • Reply
      September 9, 2019 at 5:02 PM

      I would normally thicken a soup with a flour based roux, as if you were making gravy. You can add a little flour (no more than 1/4 cup) at the end of step 1, after the beef is browned – just sprinkle right over the beef and continue to cook. If you’re already passed that step, I would make a roux with a couple Tablespoons of fat (oil or butter), cooking with a couple Tablespoons of flour for 2 minutes. VERY slowly add 1/4-1/2 cup milk to make a paste, then stir into the soup. Hope that helps! PS. The soup will likely still taste very good even if it’s not as thick as you were expecting.,

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    tracy lichacz
    September 9, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    It looks likes it has enough oil in this soup with the butter .what about half and half cream

    • Reply
      September 9, 2019 at 5:28 PM

      You could try whisking some flour into cold cream or milk until it’s fully mixed, then pouring into the hot soup while stirring. Continue to summer until thickened. I don’t use this method though, so I can’t guarantee the results.

  • Reply
    September 9, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    1 star
    Very disappointed with this soup .followed recipe rite to the t and looks really greasy on top after using lean beef and not thinking.

    • Reply
      September 9, 2019 at 5:58 PM

      I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you.

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