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Something to Do with the Herb that Does Everything


I am a card-carrying dill freak. Dill is truly one of my favourite herbs. As long as you don’t put it on plain boiled potatoes – which will bring back unpleasant childhood memories – I can eat dill in practically any form whatsoever.

Turns out, liking dill is a really good thing. According to This In-Depth Info Article and   this piece from Greenview Acres, among other sources, dill is also a natural antibiotic, a dysentery treatment, a breath freshener, a calming agent, an insomnia cure, a good source of calcium, an aid to digestion, and a possibly even useful in the fight against cancer.

Who knew all those pickles were good for me?

If you’re not fond of dill pickles, or you’d just like an additional way to get more dill into your diet, I recommend this delicious soup. I’ve seen this recipe on a number of websites, but I first came across it on The fresh flavour of the tomatoes is complimented by the tang of dill, and shallots make a subtle background addition. Though it’s not in the recipe, it’s nice garnished with a dollop of sour cream. Hey, so many things are. 🙂

One thing: I add more dill than the recipe calls for. But then, I am a dill freak.


Tomato Dill Soup


2 teaspoons Butter
3/4 cup chopped Shallots
1 (28 ounces) can Diced Tomatoes with Juice
1 (14 ounces) can Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
3 tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 tablespoons chopped Fresh Dill [I add more]



1. Add butter to large saucepan. Heat over medium heat.

2. Sauté shallots until tender, about 3 minutes.

3. Stir in diced tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, and tomato paste.

4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

5. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes.

6. Stir in chopped fresh dill.


7 comments on “Something to Do with the Herb that Does Everything

  1. theflashcook
    May 14, 2013

    We need more dill recipes. In general. I came to dill late in life and NEVER cook with it. However, I once had a tuna sandwich at a friend’s house and thought it was the best tuna sandwich I’d ever had. Secret ingredient turned out to be dill. That was it.

    • thinkreadcook
      May 14, 2013

      Dill’s awesome. My favourite salad dressing has been the cucumber-dill yogurt dressing from Renée’s. Going to try to rig up a home-made version; if it works I’ll post it. 🙂

  2. Sam Han
    May 14, 2013

    That’s a refreshing change. I usually eat dill when dining outside (I don’t have much herbs at home) and it’s the usual salmon cream cheese dill or mostly with seafood. 🙂

    • thinkreadcook
      May 14, 2013

      Nice! Another good way to eat dill is to chop some up and throw it into a salad. Makes a refreshing layer of flavour. 🙂

      • Sam Han
        May 14, 2013

        Thanks for the tip. Will take note 🙂

  3. Thx to you, i guess i find the correct recipes for my homemade sun dried tomato
    Tomato paste is kinda hard to find nearby lately

    • thinkreadcook
      May 27, 2013

      I’d love to know your recipe for homemade sun dried tomato, if you feel like sharing! 🙂

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