Rustic Cream of Potato Soup with Lemon and Dill

December 4, 2017

Rustic Cream of Potato Soup with Lemon and Dill Recipe |

We have lemons this year!

It’s been a while. The dwarf Meyer lemon tree I bought at the farmers market in the Bay almost 5 years ago has been through a lot. Pots on a balcony then in a backyard, mild Bay temps, hot Central Valley temps…

But it’s been in the ground for at least a year now, and it seems happy. If you can define happy by about 40 lemons. 


Lemon is a tough ingredient. At least it is for me. I’ve always wanted the tree and, access to lemons whenever I need them, but when it comes to using them up. I get stumped. 

Rustic Potato Soup Recipe |

It’s probably because I’m not the world’s biggest lemon fan, regardless of variety. I enjoy them in sweets, like those lemon brownies I shared or my pomegranate lemon cake, but in savory, I usually pass. Lemon chicken and other similar things don’t appeal to me. 

Lemon and Dill Potato Soup Recipe |

But there are times when lemon adds a much needed balance of flavor and acidity. When the flavor is tangy, but not necessarily lemony. 

So in an effort to use up all the lemons, I’m trying to find new ways to use it like this. 

First up, this soup. 

I love potato soup, but over the years I’ve tried to modify it way too much, cutting out the cream or milk, using stock, etc. It’s good, but it’s just not the same. 

Rustic Cream of Potato Soup with Lemon and Dill Recipe |

So I’m back to a more original version with this one. I kept it rustic by leaving the skins on my red potatoes, but you have options. Red or gold potatoes, or even russets, work great. You can peel them, or leave the skins on like I do. Your choice. 

It isn’t loaded with milk, but I do add some at the end to make it creamy and comforting. 

The lemon pairs well with the dill to give it a lovely tangy flavor that’s a bit refreshing. It’s a nice balance to its hearty, comforting side, making it a soup you can enjoy all winter and well into the cooler days of spring. 

A recipe for rustic potato soup flavored with dill and tangy lemon |



Rustic Cream of Potato Soup with Lemon and Dill

Makes: 4 to 6 servings


What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 pounds red or yellow potatoes, cubed (peeled or unpeeled, your choice)
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I use Meyer lemons)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
Chopped fresh dill for garnish


How to make it:

Heat the butter and olive oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Add the potatoes and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Pour in the stock and lemon juice. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer partially covered for 30 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft.

Remove the soup from the heat. Use a potato masher to gently mash most of the potatoes until it is thick with large and small potato pieces mixed throughout. Return to low heat. Stir in the dill, zest, milk, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes, until heated through.

Add more salt or pepper to taste, if desired. Serve garnished with fresh dill. 






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  • Reply Tracey Hagan December 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This, of course, is right up my alley because I ADORE lemon. Especially those sweet, tender Meyers! I’m so glad your tree is giving you lots of fruit this year. When we have lots of lemons to use, we make batched cocktails like the Fish House Punch I’ve mentioned. Also, we juice them and freeze them in portions in ice cube trays or in ziplock snack bags. Avgolemono soup is a personal favorite as well! 🙂

    • Reply Lori December 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the ideas, Tracey!

  • Reply Billy December 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love the way this soup looks, it sounds so good! I’ve been looking for more soup recipes to make for the family. I love that you added dill – I’ve only really ever had dill with dill pickles but I want to try including it in more recipes! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Lori January 31, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks, Billy. I hope you enjoy the soup.

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