Hearty and Healthy: Try Our Scotch Broth Recipe

Good morrow, my dear readers, and welcome to my humble kitchen where I shall prepare for thee a recipe shrouded in tradition and history. Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with thee a recipe for the renowned Scotch Broth.

Hark! I assure thee this is no ordinary broth soup. This soup has long been considered a beloved staple of Scottish cuisine and boasts a rich and savory flavor that one shall find difficult to resist. It is a soup made lamb or mutton along with various vegetables that add depth to its taste. ‘Tis a dish that nourishes both body and soul.

In these trying times, nothing can bring more comfort than the aroma of an age-old broth recipe simmering on one’s hearth. Fear not, dear reader, for this recipe is not arduous to make but rather an easy yet delightful way to treat thyself and thy kin to a taste of traditonal Scottish cuisine.

So gird thy loins, gather thy ingredients 2 large turnips also called swede, 1 leek, 2 carrots celery ribs and lamb shanks (or necks) from thy market, and let us start our journey towards creating a warm and hearty pot of Scotch Broth.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scotch Broth
Scotch Broth

Oh noble reader, why would you not love this divine Scotch Broth recipe? It is a true gem of Scottish cuisine that has been enjoyed since time immemorial. The rich, hearty broth is infused with the heavenly flavors of tender lamb necks or shanks, barley, split peas and an array of delicious vegetables such as leek, carrot, turnip or rutabaga turnips swede for which Scotland is renowned.

Allow me to persuade you further with my words. This soup will warm your soul and satisfy your hunger. The tender lamb that falls off the bone, and the sweet vegetables in every mouthful will transport you to the rolling hills of Scotland. Every morsel takes on a life within your mouth, awaking every taste bud in a symphony of flavor explosion.

Nothing beats the comfort this soup brings on a cold and rainy day. It can also be made with ease using simple ingredients found in your local supermarket. Once devoured, it will leave you feeling satisfied but longing for more.

This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and I assure you that this traditional dish stands the test of time. So be adventurous and delve into the flavor of Scotland. Make this Scotch Broth soup and it will become a staple on your meal plan list!

Ingredient List

 A warm hug in a bowl: Scotch Broth
A warm hug in a bowl: Scotch Broth

The Perfect Mix of Veggies and Meat

Ingredients must be carefully chosen to create the perfect Scotch Broth. For this recipe, you will need:

  • Lamb necks or lamb shanks (2 pounds)
  • Vegetable oil (1 tbsp)
  • Onion, diced (50g)
  • Celery, diced (50g)
  • Carrot, diced (50g)
  • Leek, white and light green parts only, chopped (1 large)
  • Turnip (rutabaga), peeled and chopped (150g)
  • Pearl barley (1/2 cup)
  • Split peas (1/2 cup)
  • Cold water (8 cups or 2 liters)
  • Garlic cloves, minced (2 teaspoons)
  • Salt (1 teaspoon)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Parsley for garnish

Feel free to use lamb shoulder instead of necks or shanks. You can also add a beef bone for extra flavor. Remember that broth mix, a classic Scottish ingredient, is optional.

These ingredients are easy to find and are perfect for creating a traditional Scotch Broth soup that is both delicious and healthy.

The Recipe How-To

 Hearty and wholesome: Scotch Broth
Hearty and wholesome: Scotch Broth

Now, let’s talk about the recipe itself. Scotch Broth is a straightforward meal that follows a standard pattern: combine the ingredients, simmer them over low heat for some time, and add wave after wave of flavor. Here is how you can make this robust and heartwarming soup from scratch:


  • 1 pound lamb necks or lamb shanks (2 large lamb shanks)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup split peas
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 leek, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 turnip or rutabaga(turnip swede), peeled and diced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • salt (2 teaspoons)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • parsley (to taste)

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 375°F(190°C).
Coat the lamb necks (or shanks) with olive oil and seasoning. Bake the meat on the baking sheet until golden-brown for about 20 minutes.

Step 2:

Take out a large pot and fill it with water (around four quarts). Add the baked lamb shanks or necks in the pot alongside the barley, split peas, parsley, onion, carrots, leek, garlic, turnip or rutabaga. Carry on boiling for about half an hour.

Step 3:

After the soup has simmered for thirty minutes, it’s time to add some seasoning! I suggest adding salt initially then freshly ground black pepper afterward. A few minutes before serving; carefully remove this meat from the pot and tear away the bones before reintroducing everything back into the mixture.

Step 4:

The broth should now have taken on meatiness and a lovely nutty perfume. Try giving it a taste and seasoning as necessary. You may also add more water if it is too thick. Remember to remove any excess oils or fats that settle atop the soup surface.

Step 5:

Once done, ladle this delightful broth into bowls then serve hot on its own beside some crusty bread. The Scotch Broth will stay in the fridge for up to five days, or you may freeze them to consume it another day.

Enjoy this warm and comfort food with your loved ones!

Substitutions and Variations

 A bowl of comfort on a chilly day: Scotch Broth
A bowl of comfort on a chilly day: Scotch Broth

My dear friends, as a chef specializing in British cuisine, I know that every cook has their own preferences and dietary needs. So, let’s talk about substitutions and variations for this hearty Scotch Broth recipe.

Firstly, let’s discuss the broth ingredients. If you’re unable to find lamb necks or shanks at your local market, don’t fret! You can substitute these cuts with beef bones or even chicken wings. Just be sure to roast the bones first before adding them to the pot to develop a richer flavor.

For my vegetarian comrades, you can make a vegetable broth version of this soup by omitting the meat and using vegetable stock or water instead. You can also add more vegetables like mushrooms, sweet potatoes, or parsnips to create your own unique twist on this classic dish.

Now let’s talk about grains. If you’re not a fan of pearl barley, you can opt for split peas or farro instead. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure that the grains are cooked through.

Finally, if you want to add a touch of spice to your soup, I recommend adding some cloves of garlic or a bit of ginger into the mix when sautéing your onions and carrots. Trust me, it adds a lovely depth of flavor.

In conclusion, feel free to experiment with different ingredients and flavors in this Scotch Broth recipe. Make it your own and enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Fragrant and flavorful: Scotch Broth
Fragrant and flavorful: Scotch Broth

Ah, the beauty of scotch broth, hearty and savory, perfect for those chilly winter days. When it comes to serving and pairing this traditional Scottish soup, there are a few tricks of the trade that I’d like to share.

First things first, let’s talk about presentation. I recommend a generous sprinkle of fresh parsley on top of the soup to add color and flavor. Don’t be afraid to add more veggies like diced carrots or leeks for an extra boost of nutrients.

Now, for the perfect pairing, nothing beats a slice of crusty bread slathered with butter. It’s pure comfort food heaven! But if you’re looking for something a little more fancy-pants, why not try a side salad with a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil and apple cider vinegar? The acidity in the dressing will cut through the richness of the soup and enhance its flavors.

As for beverages, there is no doubt that this soup pairs beautifully with stout beer or red wine. The deep flavors in both drinks complement the richness of the broth wonderfully. But if you’re staying away from alcohol, fear not, as a cup of hot tea or coffee will do the trick just as well.

In summary, serving scotch broth is all about keeping it simple and hearty. A sprinkle of parsley on top, some diced veggies on the side, crusty bread or a light salad, and a drink that complements the rich flavors of the soup. Trust me; it’s unbeatable!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A taste of Scotland in every spoonful: Scotch Broth
A taste of Scotland in every spoonful: Scotch Broth

Fair friends, once the delightful scotch broth soup is made, it can be stored for future consumption as well. To save your precious time and energy, you may prepare this soup beforehand and store it in a refrigerator for up to four days or freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

To reheat the Scotch Broth soup, transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator 24 hours before reheating. You can reheat this savory soup either on stovetop or in the microwave. If heating on stovetop, pour the soup into a large pot and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the soup is steaming hot. If heating in the microwave, place the soup in a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 3-4 minutes or until piping hot.

As with many soups, reheated leftovers may require an additional seasoning of salt and pepper to refreshen their flavor again. Top off each serving with sprigs of fresh parsley leaves for some added freshness!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rustic and traditional: Scotch Broth
Rustic and traditional: Scotch Broth

To make the perfect Scotch Broth, it’s not just about following the recipe but also paying attention to some important tips that can help you achieve the best results. Here are some tips that I use to make my soup extra special.

Firstly, make sure you use high-quality ingredients. Use fresh vegetables such as celery, leek, onion, turnip, and carrot for an authentic taste. Go for fresh ground pepper and sea salt to amplify the flavors. Also, choose lamb necks or lamb shanks of good quality to add that delicious meaty flavor to your broth.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to experiment with proportions by adding more barley which adds a perfect chewy texture to the soup. It’s no secret that barley is popular in Scottish cuisine and this soup is no exception.

Thirdly, take your time when cooking the soup. Allow it to cook slowly over low heat for a more flavorful broth. A traditional scotch broth takes time and patience but is worth it for the rich and savory results.

Lastly, I recommend stirring often when cooking Scottish broths as they tend to stick more than other recipes. This ensures even cooking without any burnt veggies or sticking at the bottom of the pot.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to make a hearty and delicious scotch broth every time – perfect for warming up on chilly evenings.


Alas, like any recipe, there may be questions that arise before or during the cooking process. Fear not, for I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to address any concerns you may have. From ingredient substitutions to storing and reheating, take a peek at these FAQs to ensure your scotch broth soup turns out perfectly every time. Let us delve into these inquiries and quell any doubts regarding this traditional Scottish soup recipe.

Is Scotch Broth mix good for you?

Scotch Broth is an exceptionally nourishing soup, brimming with an array of vital nutrients obtained from the heart-healthy lamb protein, pearl barley, and root vegetables. The presence of rutabaga, turnip or swede, and cabbage imparts antioxidants and boosts overall health.

What happens if you don’t soak Scotch Broth mix?

To achieve the desired texture in your Scotch Broth, it’s important to soak the mix for a few hours. However, if you happen to forget, you can still salvage the soup by boiling the mix in water for 20 minutes. Without proper soaking or boiling, the soup may turn out crunchy, which can take away from its unique and delicious characteristic soft and stodgy texture.

What meat is in Heinz Scotch broth?

Welcome to my recipe article where I will be sharing with you my version of Heinz Scotch Broth. This hearty soup is made with tender mutton, pearl barley, and a medley of vegetables that creates a mouth-watering taste experience. Whether you prefer to stick with the classic recipe, or add your own twist with different flavors, this soup will warm your soul and satisfy your stomach. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own. So let’s get started and create a delicious and proper Heinz Scotch Broth that will be sure to delight your taste buds.

What are the benefits of Scotch Broth?

When it comes to Scotch Broth, we have a wealth of wonderful ingredients to work with. Lamb, for starters, provides us with a healthy dose of protein and B vitamins (especially B12), along with various essential minerals such as iron and zinc. Adding to the nutritional value of the dish, we have plenty of vegetables, which are low in fat and calories and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, we can’t forget about the pearl barley – a nutritious grain packed with vital health benefits.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Scotch Broth recipe is a staple in traditional Scottish cuisine and an excellent dish to enjoy during cold winter months. Its aromatic flavors and heartwarming qualities will surely keep you coming back for more. The recipe is easy to follow, and all the ingredients are readily available in your local supermarket. You can customize it to your taste by using lamb shoulder or beef instead of lamb necks or swapping out some vegetables for others.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re craving a comforting bowl of soup on a chilly day or want to explore Scottish traditions in your kitchen, this Scotch Broth recipe is undoubtedly worth trying. One sip or a spoonful of its hearty goodness will make you feel like you’re being transported to Scotland’s landscapes and its rich cultural history.

So, stock up on these ingredients and make yourself a bowl of delicious Scotch Broth today! Cheers to tradition, great food, and unforgettable culinary experiences!

Scotch Broth

Scotch Broth Recipe

I found this on alleasyrecipes. com. I'm posting it for ZWT 6. Scotland Great Britain
Course Soup
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 4 Hours, European, Lamb/Sheep, Meat, Scottish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 2 qts. soup
Calories 31.7kcal


  • 2 lbs lamb necks, cut into 6 pieces (or shoulder with bones)
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 2 tablespoons barley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup turnip, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped leek, including 2 inches of green
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley


  • Place the lamb in a heavy 4-5 quart casserole and add the water. Bring to a boil over high heat, meanwhile skimming off the foam and scum as they rise to the surface.
  • Add the barley, salt, pepper, and reduce heat to low, and simmer partially covered for 1 hour. Add the carrots, turnips, onions, leeks, and celery, partially cover again, and cook for 1 hour more.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the lamb to a plate and pull or cut the meat away from the bones. Discard the bones, fat and gristle, and cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes. Return the meat to the soup and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes to heat it through.
  • Taste for seasoning. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.


Serving: 279g | Calories: 31.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 804.5mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 1.9g

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