Scotch Broth Soup

Recipe courtesy of All Recipes.

To Outlander fansand you can call me a prudish Trad Catholic fan because I fast forward through the erotic scenes to “take custody of the eyes” — this is not a recipe from the Outlander Kitchen cookbook.  Nor is it from the cookbook author’s blog.

Lamb shanks are the absolute best cut.  They are mild and tender.  I use rutabaga because they have a mild flavor and are less bitter than turnip.  I adjusted the preparation steps for clarity.  The photo below is mine.  The photo above is from America’s Test Kitchen because I can’t find my photo of the finished soup.

Scotch Broth Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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This thick and hearty soup takes time to prepare for a special occasion. Preparation includes overnight refrigeration but it is well worth the effort. Garnish with fresh parsley. The soup can be frozen.

Credit:  All Recipes


THE STOCK – Yields 5 cups

  • 2-1/4 lb. Lamb Shanks
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 rutabagas, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp. salt


  • 1/2 cup Barley, soaked overnight
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 1 Leek, chopped
  • 1 Celery Stick, diced
  • 1 rutabaga, diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Herbs:  Oregano, Thyme, Sage to taste
  • Thicken with 3 tsp. flour and water mixture, if needed
  • Chopped parsley


DAY ONE.  In a small bowl soak barley in water to cover; cover the bowl and set aside.  Make the stock.  In a large soup pot, place the lamb shanks, onions, turnips, carrots, peppercorns and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, remove scum,  reduce the heat and simmer, partly covered, for 3 hours. Skim the surface as required.

The Meat.  Remove from the pot the shanks and any meat that has fallen off the bones. Cool slightly for handling.  Remove the meat from the bones and chop fine.  Place in a storage container, cover and refrigerate overnight.

The Stock.  Strain the stock into storage container such as another pot or 8-cup size measuring cup, discarding the vegetables and peppercorns. Cool the stock.  Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until the fat has set on top and can be spooned off.

DAY TWO.  Drain the soaked barley and set aside. Remove stock from the refrigerator.  Scrape off the solid fat.  Reheat the stock in large soup pot over medium-high heat, adding 1 cup water.  Add the drained barley, the carrot, onion, leek, celery, rutabaga, and the herbs.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the barley and vegetables are just cooked. Return the meat to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Thicken with a flour-water mixture if desired.  Season well and top with parsley.

Roasted Lamb Shanks In Tomatoes and Orzo

Roasted Lamb in Tomatoes and Orzo

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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I adapted this from the Food Network. Use Centro brand canned Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes for the richest flavor!

Credit:  The Food Network


2 T. olive oil

3 onions, sliced

2 lamb shanks

1 28-oz. can Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes

1-1/2 tsp. Oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 cup Orzo pasta

2 C. warm chicken stock


Preheat oven to 425°.  In large baking pan, drizzle oil and add the onions, spread evenly.  Place lamb shanks on top of the onions.  Roast uncovered for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and add tomatoes, oregano,  and a dash each of salt and pepper.  Toss the ingredients to combine.

Cover the pan with a lid or foil.  Lower heat to 375° and roast for another 30 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Add orzo and heated stock.  Cover and roast for a final 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow the roast to rest about 20 minutes before serving.