Traditional Scottish recipe for Scotch broth…(warm heart soup)

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When I was younger my mother always used to make homemade soup and it was amazing coming in from playing out in the snow and having a big bowl of soup to warm you up or when you weren’t feeling well and you needed a home comfort it was right there I want to share this with everyone because I know everyone needs a hug at some point and that’s just what this soup does.

So from my little family to yours here you go Scotch broth!


1lb mutton or one-year-old neck of lamb

3 pints of water

1oz pearl barley and 2oz dried peas, soaked overnight

A large carrot a large onion, a small leek (all sliced), a small diced turnip and 4oz shredded cabbage.

1 level tablespoon of chopped parsley (optional)


Trim any excess fat from the mutton and put in a large soup pot along with the water, pearl barley, peas and seasoning. Bring this to the boil and let it then simmer for around an hour.

once this is done you can add the carrot, onion, leek and turnip that you’ve chopped up. Then return this to the boil and let it simmer for another 30 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked (soft). At this point add the cabbage (because it would just go to mush) and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove the mutton from the pot and cut off the meat (into small pieces if they are to be served with the soup I usually add them in it’s delicious) and then return it to the pot, get rid of the bone (my dog loves mine) Skim off any fat from the soup to make it clear, add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle parsley (optional) on the piping hot bowls of soup before serving.

believe me this soup does wonders for the souls in fact as my wee Scottish granny would say “it’ll put hairs on yer chist” haha it really is an awesome soup and the whole family will love it. We grab a big crusty loaf and dip it in yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹

Leave a comment if you give it a go ๐Ÿ’–

Kimberly xo

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13 thoughts on “Traditional Scottish recipe for Scotch broth…(warm heart soup)

  1. Nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup to come back home to! Reminds me of my childhood days when Mum used to have a steaming hot cuppa ready for us siblings post our playtime.

    1. Thank you for reading my post!๐Ÿ’– it really is a warm hug in a bowl we canโ€™t just have one bowl in our house my daughters always go back for seconds and itโ€™s giving them the vegetables the need so I donโ€™t mind one bit. I really hope you like it.

      Kimberly xo

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