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Dill Pickle Soup (zupa ogorkowa)

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  • Author: Chuck Underwood
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups, Stews
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Polish
  • Diet: Vegan


While it may sound strange, this Dill Pickle Soup (zupa ogorkowa) is actually very popular in Poland. I was challenged to recreate it - so I hope you like it!


Units Scale
  • 1.5 cups diced onion
  • 1.5 cups diced celery
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups diced gold potatoes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 T. freshly minced dill
  • 1/2 c. diced dill pickles (brined, not vinegar)
  • 1/2 c. dill pickle juice (the brine)
  • 1/3 cup vegan sour cream
  • corn starch or potato flakes to thicken

Tofu Sour Cream

  • 8 oz. extra-firm tofu
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. miso
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp/ salt


  1. Dice 1 1/2 cups of diced onion and add to a large stockpot or Dutch oven.
  2. Repeat for the celery
  3. Shred 1 1/2 cups carrots and add to the pot.
  4. Saute the veggies (mirepoix) with a little veggie broth until softened.
  5. Stir in the garlic
  6. Dice about 2 cups of gold potatoes and add to the pot along with 4 cups of low-sodium veggie broth, and 1 cup of water.
  7. Finely mince about 2 T. of FRESH dill and add to the pot.
  8. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  9. Dice about 1/2 cup of the brined pickles (about 2-3) and add to the pot along with 1/2 cup of the brine (pickle juice).
  10. Let simmer for another 5 minutes and then blend a cup or two to thicken. Alternatively, you can add 1-2 T of a cornstarch slurry or 1/4 cup of dried potato flakes to thicken.
  11. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste
  12. Fold in 1/3 cup of your favorite vegan sour cream before serving.
  13. Garnish with more diced pickles and dill.

Vegan Sour Cream

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth