Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Classic central Scotland recipe i learned from my mother in law and adapted it to my way of cooking.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. cut up ham into bite size chunks
  2. dice onion and leeks.
  3. add oil to large soup pot and fry over medium heat until golden then add the diced ham and fry until it changes color.
  4. grate rutabaga and carrots (i use my food processor) add to cooking mixture
  5. add chicken stock paste (cubes or fresh stock can be used. if using fresh stock decrease water amount) salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. cover mixture with half of the water, stir and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. taste to see if you need to add more salt or pepper
  8. add red lentils and rest of the water ( a bit more water if needed ) and simmer for another 30 mins until lentils are soft.
  9. Can be made ahead and frozen
  10. Serve with thick cut home made bread and you have a Scottish favorate.
Most Helpful

OUTSTANDING as can be!<br/>Made this for a Scottish castle theme party and EVERYONE raved about thank you from me!<br/>REALLY great soup, economical too!<br/>Freezes well...people were coming back for more...WHOO HOO!!!

mickeydownunder July 02, 2013

Very nice!!! I subbed grated turnip ofr the rutabaga and green onion tops for the leek. Smells so good cooking! Made for the Scottish leg of the GB Forum's Tour of the Isles.

Caroline Cooks September 29, 2009