There are so many blog posts piling up in my head & schedule! I want to get it all out before I forget, but yesterday I tried to copycat an amazing soup from one of our favorite local diners. It turned out so well that we scraped the pot CLEAN! Having mentioned that in various webernet places, so many people have asked for the “recipe” that I thought I’d better post it, er post haste. Many thanks to The Westsider Cafe for all the delicious meals, and the inspiration for my dill pickle soup.

It should be said that I am a very haphazard cook. I like to taste and add a little of this and a little of that. Be warned that my measurements aren’t exactly measurements, but if you know how to make a basic thick soup recipe, this should be easy peasy.

DILL PICKLE SOUP

5 mushy pickles that have been languishing in the back of the fridge

1 cup of pickle juice from the poor jar that was forgotten

6 small potatoes (this is a guess – I bought 4 small red potatoes and threw in 4 tiny fancy pants potatoes that I found at home)

1 stalk of celery chopped very small

1 small onion chopped very small  (I love onion in everything, you might not like as much)

1-2 cups of milk

1 chicken bouillon cube + 1 cup of water OR broth ( you can make this vegetarian by swapping out for a Not-chicken cube)

1 good sized blob of margarine

2 inch chunk of velveeta melted together with milk or cream

Between running to the store and picking up kids from school, the Millionaire peeled and zapped the potatoes in the microwave to get them softened up. Into the pot they went with the butter, onion, celery, pickles and all the liquids except the cheese. I melted the cheese+cream mixture in the microwave so it would more easily mix in with the soup mixture in the pot. My soup was a little on the thin side, so I added a bit of corn starch, however I think this could have been avoided with an extra potato.  For the results similar to the photo above, I let it come to a boil for a little while, mushed all the things with a potato masher. I would have preferred a few less chunks, so next time I will let it cook down more.

Even chunky, this was DEEEEEEEElicious. The whole family raved about it, even my pickiest eater. We will definitely have this again & I hope your family loves it too!