Delicious Scotch Broth Recipe – Warm Your Heart

Hark, fair cooks! I bring forth a recipe of great warmth and heartiness. A recipe that has graced the tables of Scotland for many a year, bringing comfort to those in the harshest of winters. I present to thee, the Traditional Scotch Broth Recipe.

This warming soup is made using lamb bones, lots of vegetables including leek, rutabaga, turnip, peas, and barley. It is a slow-cooked soup that will fill your house with a mouthwatering aroma and make your stomach rumble with anticipation.

I implore thee to try this traditionally Scotch broth recipe as it is a dish steeped in history and flavor. Let it be an armor against the cold winter months and a feast for thy taste buds.

Join me on this journey to discover one of Scotland’s finest soups – the traditional Scotch broth.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Traditional Scotch Broth
Traditional Scotch Broth

O, dear friends! I beseech thee, pause and lend an ear to my humble words, and hear why thou shall love this traditional Scottish soup recipe.

The first reason is simply that it is hearty and warming. Picture the cold, stormy nights in Scotland – does not your heart long for a steaming bowl of soup to fill your bones with warmth and comfort? And what’s more, this soup is made with lamb bones, lots of vegetables including leeks, rutabagas, carrots, onions, and split peas, and pearl barley soaked in water overnight. This broth is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients – it will nourish your body as well as your soul.

The second reason why you’ll adore this recipe- it is steeped in tradition. This soup has been made in Scotland for centuries, using fresh vegetables and meat bought from the local market. It carries within it the history and culture of the Scottish people. How marvellous would it be to bring this heritage into thine own home kitchen? To feel connected to the lands of Scotland while enjoying a delicious meal.

And finally, the versatility of this soup shall enchant thee. Thou can variations while still retaining its beautiful essence; substitute lamb with beef or chicken broth if tha desireth. The addition of a slow-cooker makes for an effortless meal on busy days. The vegetable soup mix can be swapped out for a chicken broth or barley soup mix. Tha options are endless!

Hence forth dear friends, embrace beauty of traditional scotch broth recipe with all its hearty warmth and cultural heritage with open arms!

Ingredient List

 A hearty bowl of comfort on a chilly evening
A hearty bowl of comfort on a chilly evening

The Ingredients You’ll Need:
Meat and Bones:

  • Lamb bones (lots of them!)

  • Lamb 1 lb.


  • Onion 1 small

  • Leek 1

  • Carrots 2

  • Rutabaga or turnip 1

  • Potatoes 2

  • Peas 1/2 cup

Grains and Legumes:

  • Pearl barley, soaked overnight in water or broth, 1/2 cup

  • Split peas, soaked overnight in water or broth, 1/2 cup

Broth Mix:

  • Vegetable broth mix, 1 tbsp.


  • Water, 8 cups.

Note: traditionally scotch broth is made using fresh veg from thefreshfruitshop and meat bought from donald_butchers. However, you can use lamb or beef broth instead of water for enhanced flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect way to warm up after a day in the Scottish highlands
The perfect way to warm up after a day in the Scottish highlands

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to get cooking! This recipe makes a filling and warming soup made with lamb bones and lots of vegetables, including leek, rutabaga, and turnip. To start, we will need to thoroughly wash and peel the vegetables.

Preparing the Vegetables

Peel 1 small onion and chop it into medium-sized pieces. Wash 2 carrots and cut them into small cubes. Peel 1 lb of potatoes and chop them into medium-sized cubes. Rinse 1 cup of split peas until the water runs clear, and drain them well.

In a separate bowl, soak 1/2 cup of pearl barley in cold water for at least an hour before cooking. Drain the barley before you begin to use it.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat up a large pot with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the chopped onions, carrots, leeks, rutabaga, turnips, lamb bones (if you’re using them) and cook everything together for 5-7 minutes until softened (but not browned).
  3. Pour in 8 cups of water (or broth) and add in barley and peas.
  4. Bring everything to a boil by raising the heat.
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat back to low-medium heat and let everything simmer for about 90 minutes or until your pearl barley is soft enough.

Finishing Touches

Once your scotch broth soup is ready, let it cool slightly before serving. Ladle into bowls and enjoy! For added flavor, garnish with parsley or other fresh herbs. This soup is even better when eaten with some crusty bread on the side for dipping.

Optional Slow Cooker Version

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker; cover with vegetable or chicken broth (about 8 cups). Cook on the low setting for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Perfect for busy days!

Now enjoy your delicious and traditionally scotch broth!

Substitutions and Variations

 Meat, barley and veggies - a wholesome combination
Meat, barley and veggies – a wholesome combination

Good reader, if you’re looking for ways to make this traditional scotch broth recipe your own, then you’ve come to the right place. One of the most wondrous things about cooking is its flexibility, and this scotch broth recipe is no different. Here are some ways to give it your own special twist:

1. Meat substitutions: Although this recipe calls for lamb bones and cubes of lamb meat, you can totally substitute beef or mutton in their stead. You could also try chicken or vegetable broth for a vegetarian version of the soup.

2. Alternative grain-based soups: Another Scottish favorite is barley soup, which is similar to scotch broth but made with barley as the main grain ingredient. You could also try adding split peas or a vegetable soup mix for a different flavor profile.

3. Slow cooker method: If you would like to create an even more effortless and flavorful scotch broth, try using your slow cooker(compatible with electrical circuit). Simply add all the ingredients as per the recipe, cover and cook on low heat until every ingredient gets tenderize thoroughly.

4. Vegetable Substitutions: In addition to carrots, leeks, onion, and potatoes called for in the recipe , you can add any hardy vegetable like celery, turnips or rutabagas( swede). Other variations include substituting parsnips or adding a host of dark leafy greens such as kale or collards.

5. Broth mix options: Likewise, don’t be afraid to try varying the type of broth mix used in this recipe. It doesn’t need to be strictly Scottish–the choice is yours! Experiment with different vegetable or chicken broths bottled variety which are readily available at local stores.

Remember good reader always keep experimenting with new ingredients and techniques until you find just the perfect way that suits your palate!

Serving and Pairing

 A traditional Scottish recipe that is sure to please
A traditional Scottish recipe that is sure to please

Oh, how the hearty scotch broth soup fills the belly with delight! As a chef specializing in traditional British cuisine, I have found that this soup is one of the most soul-warming dishes to serve on a chilly evening. Paired with a freshly baked slice of bread, this soup provides comfort and nourishment in one fell swoop.

To serve scotch broth, ladle it into a deep bowl or with a soup spoon. Garnish it with some freshly chopped herbs like parsley and serve it alongside the bread for added charm. The perfect side dish for this soup is a crisp green salad or some roasted vegetables, which will add a dash of freshness to your meal.

If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage to enhance the flavors of scotch broth, you might decide to try a pint of ale or beer. A light beer or refreshing ale works well, as it won’t overpower the delicate flavor of the broth while still adding hints of mellow hoppiness to your palette.

For those looking for a non-alcoholic drink option, why not try some hot tea? The warmth of the tea complements that in the soup perfectly, making the scotch broth even more comforting.

As you finish your meal and sit back satisfied, I hope this traditionally scotch broth succeeds in warming your soul and providing you with all the nourishment you need!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Tender lamb pieces stewed to perfection
Tender lamb pieces stewed to perfection

When it comes to Scotch Broth, one of the best things about this warming soup is that you can easily make it in advance and store it for later. If you want to prepare this soup ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions up until the point where the soup has simmered for an hour with the lamb bones. Once you’ve reached this stage, allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. You can then store it in the fridge for up to three days or freeze it for up to three months.

When reheating your Scotch Broth, you’ll simply need to gently warm it on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally. You may find that some water has evaporated during storage, so feel free to add a little extra broth or water to your liking. If reheating from frozen, be sure to thaw your Scotch Broth overnight in the refrigerator before warming on the stove.

It’s worth noting that as with many soups, the longer Scotch Broth sits, the more flavorful it becomes. So if you have time to make this soup a day or two ahead of when you plan on serving it, go for it! It’ll still taste delicious and hearty when reheated.

Overall, with its ease of storage and reheat-ability, Scottish Broth is an excellent meal prep option for anyone looking for a homey and comforting dish to enjoy throughout the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't forget to soak your barley overnight for best results
Don’t forget to soak your barley overnight for best results

If you want to make the perfect traditional Scottish soup, then look no further than my Scotch Broth Recipe. However, there are a few tips and tricks you’ll need to know for creating the most authentic and delicious version of this hearty soup.

1. Use Lamb Bones

To get that truly authentic taste and texture of the traditional Scotch broth, be sure to use lamb bones. The bones add depth and richness to the broth that cannot be matched by using any other meat. If you can’t find lamb bones, a good substitute would be to use beef broth or chicken broth.

2. Soak Barley

Pearl barley is a key ingredient in Scotch Broth Soup, but it can take a while to cook through. To speed up the cooking time and ensure the barley is tender, soak it in cold water for an hour or two before adding it to your pot.

3. Lots of Vegetables

Traditional Scotch Broth is chock-full of vegetables, including leek, rutabaga, carrots, turnip, onions, and peas. Make sure you have these ingredients on hand and use them in abundance. This will not only add flavor and nutrition but also give the soup a more hearty feel.

4. Use Fresh Vegetables

When possible, use fresh vegetables instead of canned or frozen ones. The flavors are brighter and more vibrant when using fresh ingredients, which will enhance the overall flavor of your soup.

5. Brown Your Meat First

If you’re using lamb or another type of meat in your Scotch Broth Recipe, be sure to brown it first before adding it to the pot. This will help create a rich and complex flavor that cannot be achieved by just boiling the meat.

6. Low and slow

It’s essential to cook Scotch broths slowly so that all the flavors meld together perfectly. In this case, you can utilize a slow cooker rather than rush everything on stovetop. It will make your life easier and ultimately deliver mouth-watering soup.

7. Taste and Season

As the soup simmers, taste it often to ensure the seasoning is right. Add fresh herbs or some Scotch whiskey for extra depth of flavor. The key is to taste and adjust until the broth suits your taste buds’ preference.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a lush and savory traditional Scotch Broth that will satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

Bottom Line

in the Style of William Shakespeare:

And thus we see, dear friends, the glory of scotch broth.

A warming soup, made with lamb bones and lots of vegetables including leek, rutabaga, and turnip.

This dish is perfect for those cold winter days when our bodies shiver as if they were born just yesterday.

A soup that fills your heart and soul with warmth and goodness.

Let us make this traditional Scottish soup using fresh veg from thefreshfruitshop and meat bought from Donald_Butchers.

So let’s take our pots out and start making the broth!

May it bring joy to our hearts and nourishment to our souls!

Fare Thee well!

Traditional Scotch Broth

Traditional Scotch Broth Recipe

Granddad comes every Sunday for dinner and he has got to have his soup. This was a special request as it reminds him of his childhood. In the old days, the lamb was cooked and removed from the pot, then the soup was made. The lamb that made the stock, was then served as the main course, with veg, if you were lucky. You can't make Scotch Broth, without the lamb it just wouldn't be Scotch Broth. Prep time, does not include the overnight soaking, and cooking time excludes, the making of the stock. If you brown your lamb first you will get more flavour.
Course Soup
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Vegetable
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Calories 87.6kcal


  • 2 liters water
  • lamb bones or a piece lamb
  • 50 g barley
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 175 g carrots, diced
  • 100 g potatoes, diced
  • 150 g leeks, chopped
  • 50 g peas
  • salt and pepper


  • The night before soak barley in cold water and put lamb in crock pot and leave overnight, or alternatively boil on stove top then simmer till ready.(I only use some water in the crock pot and add the rest to the cooking pot later).
  • Put stock in large soup pot and season.
  • Add barley and bring to the boil.
  • Add the next four ingredients and simmer till veg and barley are soft, if using flank meat cut some of the meat up and add to soup discarding any fat.
  • Add peas and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy.


Serving: 329g | Calories: 87.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.3g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 40.1mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4.2g

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