Scotch broth

Scotch broth

This cheap and cheerful soup is perfect for the slow cooker - simply tip in all the ingredients and cook on high for 6-8 hours (or until the barley is soft).


  • 250g/8oz carrots, peeled, diced
  • 250g/8oz turnips, diced
  • 2 onions, peeled, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 leek, white part only, sliced
  • 75-125g/3-4oz pearl barley
  • 125g/4oz dried peas, soaked in water for 4-5 hours, drained
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2.3litres/4 pints lamb or mutton stock
  • 85g/3oz kale, chopped (optional)