Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is a traditional Scottish peasant soup, easy to make and made with the most humble and easily obtained ingredients. Traditionally a handful of finely chopped nettle tops is thrown in 10 minutes before serving but parsley would be a reasonable alternative to freshen up the soup.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and slice the potatoes, coarsely shred the peeled onions and carrots and cut the bacon into squares.
  2. Bring the water or stock to the boil in a large pan and add the vegetables and bacon.
  3. Cover and simmer gently for 1½ hours until the soup is thick and creamy.
  4. Season.
  5. Add the chopped nettle tops or parsley 10 minutes before serving.


Most Helpful

I have made this time and time again and absolutley love it!! The flavour is outstanding ! Thank you!

tinamaessig January 25, 2008

I am reviewing this recipe for a second time to give it 5* after making it again & altering the cooking of it just a little. I just cook the vegies in the stock for about an hour, mash down then blend with stick blender.I then add the bacon and continue cooking for another 30mins or so. Season & add the parsley about 10 mins before needed. Tastes even better the next day :) This has become our favourite soup this winter.

Jen T June 11, 2005

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