Scotch broth

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 24 min
15 min
1 hr 9 min
Barley, lamb, and mushrooms are the typical identifying ingredients in this soothing winter soup inspired by Scottish farm life. The rich lamb flavors the broth, while the melange of vegetables provide great texture and color. Our addition of green beans add a unique crunch and a bright green presence. This soup is simple to prepare and requires only 15 minutes of active prep work. Save your leftovers for a hearty take-to-work lunch. Have a nice loaf of sourdough bread handy for dipping into the deeply flavorful soup.


Canola oil

1 tsp

Uncooked lamb shoulder

½ pound(s), lean, boneless, trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 3⁄4-inch chunks

Uncooked onion(s)

2 medium, chopped

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

6 cup(s)

Uncooked pearl barley

¾ cup(s), pearl

Uncooked carrot(s)

3 medium, diced

Uncooked turnip(s)

1 cup(s), or rutabaga

Bay leaf

2 leaf/leaves

Table salt

2½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Uncooked string beans

½ pound(s), fresh, trimmed and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces

Cremini mushroom(s)

½ pound(s), fresh, sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 7–8 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the same Dutch oven and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 7–10 minutes. Add the broth, barley, carrots, turnip, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and the browned lamb; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the lamb and barley are tender, about 45 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  3. Add the green beans and mushrooms to the pot; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender, 5–6 minutes. Yields 2 1/4 cups per serving.


Most grain-based soups thicken on standing, so you may need to add a little water if reheating.