Scottish Vegetable Soup

"Growing up in Scotland certain things were staples in our diet. We ate a lot of root veggies because my aunt and uncle ran a farm. Herbs and spices also were not all that common when I was little. This is a very easy soup to make with the vegetables that grow very easily on the east coast of Scotland but are easily found in many grocery stores. We would eat it almost every weekend. The turnips and onion especially give it a phenomenal taste, precluding the use of stock."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins


  • 6 cups water
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 potatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cups rutabagas, finely chopped (you may substitute turnip)
  • 2 cups cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper


  • Place all ingredients in a large pot, bring to the boil, then simmer for an hour.
  • Add more salt and pepper if desired.

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I'm Scottish and have lived in North America for 17 years (8 in Canada, 9 in the USA). I have been 100% vegetarian for the past 6 years, and only ate fish once or twice a month before that for another 8 years or so. Now I'm eating vegan about 80% of the time and always looking to try out new and tasty recipes. I live in Ohio now, and although it is beautiful, one of my pet peeves is the absolutely atrocious food available in restaurants and more specifically the lack of veggie options. When dining with friends I get so mad (inside of course) when they say: "oh look there's a couple of salads you can have". I don't go out to eat salads; I want a meal! Well, this is one of the main reasons I cook so much and enjoy cooking so much too. It is extremely gratifying when I invite people to the house and they enjoy what I make by really diving into the food. I also enjoy gardening, so in the summer I cook and can like crazy preserving tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, peppers, zucchini and lots of herbs. I am a professor at a local university and love my job. I feel that I get paid to do a hobby. However, I am ultra busy so I like to make things that are quick and simple or things that I can freeze and reheat at a later date. <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket">
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