Broccoli Dill Pickle Soup with White Beans & Potatoes

Created by Laura Wright
4.94 from 65 votes

This vegan broccoli dill pickle soup with white beans is creamy, tangy, and exploding with flavour from garlic, spices, dill pickles + brine, fresh dill, and more. Ready in 1 hour in 1 pot, and super hearty on its own.

An up close overhead shot shows a bowl of broccoli dill pickle soup with white beans and chopped potatoes. A spoon is sticking out of the bowl. The soup is garnished with chili flakes, chopped fresh dill, and swirls of olive oil.

Ready within 1 hour, this hearty and wholesome broccoli dill pickle soup is the perfect cold weather cozy dinner–just add some crusty bread for dipping. This vegan soup is made with simple ingredients like onions, carrots, potatoes, canned white beans, dill pickles, garlic, and vegetable stock, and happens entirely on the stovetop in 1 pot. Filled with creamy and tangy flavours, plenty of vegetables, protein from white beans, plus a finishing kiss of dill pickle brine to lift everything up, this easy and creamy vegan broccoli soup is perfect for dinner on a cold night. Definitely not your typical vegan broccoli soup!

An overhead shot shows a pot of vegan broccoli dill pickle soup with butter beans and potatoes. The top of the soup is garnished with chili flakes, swirls of olive oil, and chopped fresh dill. A ladle is sticking out of the pot.
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I have had versions of vegan dill pickle potato soup before and absolutely loved it. I’m a fan of anything dill pickle-flavoured so the creamy and slightly chunky soup is such a slam dunk. It has a strong satiation factor that is so crucial in the winter months.

The inspiration for this vegan broccoli dill pickle soup:

  • The traditional Polish recipe ogórkowa zupa is a big reference point here. This soup usually contains potatoes, root vegetables, onions, chopped/grated dill pickles, sometimes meat, sometimes sour cream, and also dill pickle brine. The pickles are sometimes cooked in fat with stock in a separate pot (before being poured into the final soup).
  • Versions of this soup are popular in Ukraine and Russia as well. 
  • My recipe here is not traditional or meant to be a recreation of creamy dill pickle soup as discussed above. The flavour combination of dill pickles with an aromatic potato base is inspired by it though!
  • For a more traditional recipe, check out this version from the Eating European blog. This brothier recipe from the New York Times also looks good and may be easier to veganize.

I often find myself making soups as a strategy to use up what’s in my fridge. That’s where this recipe’s journey began. I wanted a broccoli and potato soup with a bit of a different flavour profile and some added bits for plant-based protein so that it could be more of a complete meal. I took inspiration from dill pickle potato soup and added lots of chopped broccoli and white beans. Soaked raw cashews add more creaminess after a quick blend. Flavour boosts come in from garlic, Dijon, nutritional yeast, miso, pickle brine, mustard, and plenty of fresh dill. The broccoli sparkles in this flavour combo!

My favourite thing about this soup is that it really does eat like a complete meal. I also just love the mega tang quality from both the pickles and brine–this can of course be modified to your tastes. We will always take a little bit of extra comfort with our vegetables this time of year, and this soup fits the bill. I hope that you love it!

More dill pickle goodness! Vegan Dill Pickle Dip, Chopped Dill Pickle Salad, Pickle Panzanella Salad, and Vegan Potato Salad with Dill Pickle Dressing.

An overhead shot shows chopped dill pickles being added to a pot with butter beans, broccoli, potatoes, onions, celery, and vegetable stock.
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An up close overhead shot shows a pot of vegan broccoli dill pickle soup with butter beans and potatoes. The top of the soup is garnished with chili flakes, swirls of olive oil, and chopped fresh dill. A ladle is sticking out of the pot.
An overhead shot shows a bowl of broccoli dill pickle soup with white beans and chopped potatoes. A spoon is sticking out of the bowl. The soup is garnished with chili flakes, chopped fresh dill, and swirls of olive oil. A plate with toasted sourdough bread is nearby.

Broccoli Dill Pickle Soup with White Beans & Potatoes

This vegan broccoli dill pickle soup with white beans is creamy, tangy, and exploding with flavour from garlic, spices, dill pickles + brine, fresh dill, and more. Ready in 1 hour and super hearty on its own.
4.94 from 65 votes
An up close overhead shot shows a bowl of broccoli dill pickle soup with white beans and chopped potatoes. A spoon is sticking out of the bowl. The soup is garnished with chili flakes, chopped fresh dill, and swirls of olive oil.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 sticks celery, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch chili flakes, optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, chopped (480 grams/3 cups chopped potatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch broccoli, stems and florets chopped (about 375 grams)
  • 1 ½ cups cooked white beans (from a 15 oz can)
  • ½ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1-2 cups baby spinach, optional
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours and drained
  • 1 tablespoon light miso
  • pickle juice/brine, to taste (see note)
  • cup chopped fresh dill

Equipment

Notes

  • I use 2 tablespoons of pickle brine and find that to be perfectly tangy for my tastes–I say this as someone who really loves pickles and acidic food in general.
  • Soaked sunflower seeds or macadamia nuts stand in nicely for the cashews. Soak macadamias for a full 8 hours though.
  • I add the baby spinach to the blended portion of the soup because I love the pretty green colour and extra veggie boost. Of course you can leave it out and the soup will still be great!

Instructions

  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil and swirl it around.
  • Add the onion and celery to the pot and stir. Sauté until celery is bright green and onions are translucent and soft, about 6-7 minutes.
  • To the pot, add the garlic, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes (if using), and bay leaves. Stir and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped potatoes and Dijon mustard. Season liberally with salt and pepper and stir. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir once more. Place a lid on top of the pot and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, move the lid slightly so that some steam can escape. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Once potatoes are tender, add chopped broccoli, white beans, and chopped dill pickles. Stir and bring up to a simmer again. Partially cover with a lid and cook until broccoli is tender, about 8 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and discard them.
  • If using, add the baby spinach to an upright blender pitcher. Carefully ladle half of the hot soup into the blender pitcher as well. Add the drained cashews and miso. Blend this mixture on high until completely smooth and bright green, about 1 full minute.
  • Pour the blended portion of soup back into the pot and stir. Give the soup a taste and adjust seasoning to your liking. From here, add pickle brine to taste and the chopped fresh dill. Stir once more, bring it back up to a boil, and then serve the soup hot.
A 3/4 angle shot shows a bowl of broccoli dill pickle soup with a toasted piece of sourdough bread and a spoon sticking out.
03/01/2024 (Last Updated 04/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, broccoli, cashews, creamy, gluten free, main course, refined sugar-free, salty, soup, sour, spring, umami, vegan, white beans, winter

40 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Violet

    5 stars
    Why has no one mentioned how incredibly cheesy this tastes?! Vegans rule. This is more delicious than any broccoli cheddar soup and far more nutritious. First recipe from your website, fan for life!

    • Laura Wright

      So glad that you enjoyed it, Violet! Thanks for this comment and review :)
      -L

  • Marysa

    Such an interesting combination of flavors. I love the beautiful color and how flavorful the ingredients sound. I don’t use white beans often and this sounds like a great way to use them.

  • Amy

    2 stars
    Not sure why I’m the lone man here but this soup turned tragically more terrible with each step. Particularly, blending as instructed gave me a gritty and ill-coloured puree that just was not at all appealing. Flavour was decent enough but we could still only do a few bites. Haven’t had a fail like this in a while! I wanted to love it!

  • Kayla

    5 stars
    ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS IN ONE
    Wow. It is so good. The mustard takes it up a notch with the pickle and its perfect for us veg heads. I didn’t even need bread (although yes next time i will have a crusty loaf) thank you for sharing

  • Lisa

    5 stars
    I used “giardinera” rather than pickles because it’s what I had. And cranberry beans rather than white, for the same reason. This was AMAZING. Excited to explore more recipes on this site!

    I am not sure what the nutritional yeast does in soups, I have never seen it in soup recipes prior to The First Mess but I have the sense/guess that it adds depth and umami. Really yummy.

    • Laura Wright

      Thanks for sharing your experience with a few modifications, Lisa! Nutritional yeast just deepens the savoury flavour here :)
      -L

  • Kimberly

    5 stars
    I was completely intrigued by this recipe! SOOOO GOOD!!! I brought some to work for my co-workers and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites. Thank you! :)

  • Jessica

    5 stars
    This was very good! And even the leftovers were very good

  • Dawn

    5 stars
    Another delicious soup recipe, Laura! Loved all the flavors and textures. I will be making this often! This is my go-to site for healthy vegan recipes.

  • Christine

    5 stars
    This was FANTASTIC! All of my favorite things in one pot… as a runner my friends and I are addicted to both pickles and potatoes, so to have them in a soup in a cold snap is just awesome! I blended a little too much of mine but good to know for next time. And surprisingly this was less “pickly” than I thought it would be! Like more cowbell, I could do more pickle next time. Thank you!! (and if you haven’t tried them, the dill pickle dip and the chopped salad are also both winners!)

  • Kristine

    Hi Laura, Can you recommend a substitute for the mustard (I’m allergic to mustard)? This soup looks amazing and I look forward to making it. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!

    • Christine

      In case Laura doesn’t get back to you, I’m sure you could just leave it out. There’s not much in the recipe – and make sure you buy pickles that don’t have mustard seeds!

      • Laura Wright

        Yes, you can definitely leave the Dijon out! There’s lots of flavour going on without it :)
        -L

        • Brooke

          Would the same be true for the miso?

          • Laura Wright

            No, the same is not true for this miso in my opinion. Miso adds a lot of umami and depth to the finished soup. A splash of soy sauce/Tamari is a decent substitute if you don’t have miso on hand.
            -L

  • Erin

    5 stars
    Don’t hesitate, just make this soup!! The flavors blend so nicely together for a salty/tangy/creamy and totally savory bowl of soup that I’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

  • Suzanne

    5 stars
    Best soup I’ve ever made. The flavors work so well together – love the additional pickle brine at the end. I would definitely recommend the spinach option- it added so much flavor and the color was beautiful! So delicious and so healthy. This one will definitely be in my regular rotation.

  • Emma

    5 stars
    Wow!! I think this is one of my favourite soups ever – the flavours all together are amazing. It was also my first time trying butter beans (love them). I measured the chili flakes, spinach, and pickles with my heart. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be making it again.

  • Sloane

    5 stars
    Can this be made in an instant pot?

  • Dana

    Do you think I could replace the potatoes with sweet potatoes and chickpeas instead of white beans??

    • Laura Wright

      I think the chickpea swap would be fine, but the sweet potato flavour may not go great with everything else. If you don’t want to use potatoes, I’d recommend celery root, turnip, cauliflower or zucchini instead (or even a combination).
      -L

  • Maarika

    5 stars
    First mess never misses! :)
    Delicious – great flavor profile, easy and makes a big batch.

  • JR

    5 stars
    This soup is so delicious. I added a leek and a zucchini and used frozen, thawed broccoli and spinach and holy cannoli, it was beautiful. I’m not much of an internet commenter but this was that good. Thanks!

  • Tanya

    5 stars
    Just made this- delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Megan

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! For personal taste, I omitted the beans and doubled the chilli flakes. Used 4 teaspoons of dried dill weed since I didn’t have fresh. Will definitely make again.

  • LisaH

    5 stars
    This soup was really delicious! Adding the spinach makes this soup the most beautiful green color. I highly recommend adding all the options, since it gives the soup a more complex flavor. I have never used pickles in a soup before, so it was fun trying something new. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  • If you are not Vegan can you add cream or half&half instead of soaked cashews

    If you are not Vegan can you use cream instead of the soaked cashews.

    • Laura Wright

      Yes you can!
      -L

  • Alaina

    5 stars
    I’ve never reviewed a recipe but I never would have thought to put pickles in soup (even though I love pickles). I was so very pleasantly surprised by how this came together.

  • Jacquie

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it is a delicious and gorgeous looking soup! Will definitely be added to my favourite soups list.

  • Debby

    5 stars
    Broccoli, Beans, & Pickles—I HAD TO TRY IT! My husband & I tag-teamed in the kitchen, sharing the chopping & preps. This was a HUGE WINNER!. I used all the options: the pickles, the brine, 2 cups of spinach, dill, Dijon,etc. I’LL definitely make it again! It’s a mega-nutritious delight. Thanks for your creativity!

  • Ann-Marie

    4 stars
    This recipe is exact and although the ingredients seem unusual it turns out delicious. Thank you for this creation.
    Ann-Marie

  • Sarah

    5 stars
    WOW!! This soup is transcendent. It’s all bright and sparkly, and the flavors are deep and layered with richness and complexity. It tastes like the best parts of a baked potato but healthy and infused with the truly brilliant undertones of the much loved pickle. Nothing short of a dream here, folks!

  • Katie

    Can’t wait to try! What kind of white beans are you using here? I may have missed it, but didn’t see it in the recipe or notes. Thanks!

    • Laura Wright

      Hi Katie!
      I used butter beans in these photos. Navy or cannellini beans are also great in this soup recipe.
      -L

  • LisaH

    I would love to try this recipe, but just wondering if you used salt-brined or vinegar-brined pickles?

    • Laura Wright

      Hi Lisa!
      Excellent question. I’ve tried both in tests! The vinegar ones (and brine/juice) are definitely more intense and sour. Honestly I liked both. If you’re using salt brined pickles, you may want a bit more brine added at the end.
      -L

  • Ron

    5 stars
    OMG, I can’t wait to try this tonight! Looks absolutely heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Laura Wright

      Hope that you love it, Ron!
      -L