It's getting chilly willy in Winnipeg so I figured it is time for yet another Vivacious Vegan soup recipe! Today, I would like to share a super yummy soup that ATM and I had a version of at a little restaurant just outside of Edmonton. It was an Italian restaurant, so we were a little weird-ed out when our server informed us that the soup of the day was Dill Pickle. ATM, a serious pickle lover, ordered it and fell in love. I became determined to make a vegan version as soon as we got home and it will definitely be on regular rotation during the colder months in our home! I know it probably sounds a little strange, but it is basically potato soup with pickle brine, pickle chunks and fresh dill. It tastes just like dill pickle flavored potato chips!
Vegan Dill Pickle Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 cups (about 6 medium sized) Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and diced (you can use whatever potatoes you have, goldies are my fave <3 )
- 6 cups veggie stock (or water with 3 tbsp tamari soy sauce)
- 1/2 cup pickle brine (from the pickle jar!)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill (or 2 tbsp dried) plus a few extra sprigs for a garnish
In your fave soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant (about two minutes).
Add the potatoes and saute for ten minutes, stirring often. Add the veggie stock or water and bring the whole shebang to a boil over high heat.
Once the soup has reached it's boiling point, drop that heat to medium and simmer until you can easily smush a potato chunk on the side of the pot with a wooden spoon, about 15 minutes or so.
Remove the pot from the heat and puree everything to silky smoothness with an immersion blender. Add the pickle brine, nutritional yeast, chopped pickles and dill and blitz with the immersion blender until everything is well combined, but there are still some chunks of pickle love left. Return the pot to low heat and simmer for ten to twenty minutes to let the flavors become BFF's. Taste, and season with S&P.
Serve and snuggle!