Scotch Broth Recipe | Abel & Cole

Scotch Broth

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Serves2 people
Scotch Broth

Whip up an all singing, all dancing, all veggie Scotch broth packed with leeks, pearl barley, kale and fresh thyme.

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  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A handful of thyme, leave only
  • 75g pearl barley
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 100g kale
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 850ml boiling water

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 25 mins

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1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Trim the root and top 3cm of the leek. Slice in halve vertically, and rinse any dirt out under a cold tap. Finely slice. Scrub the carrot and cut into dice. Peel the garlic cloves and crush or finely grate.
2. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a pan and bring to a medium heat. Slide in the onion and leek, and sprinkle over a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 mins, stirring occasionally, till a little softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute.
3. Pick the thyme leaves and add to the pan along with the chopped carrot. Pour in the pearl barley and cover with 850ml boiling water. Crumble in the stock cube and stir everything well to combine. Return to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 20 mins, till the barley is tender.
4. Pull the kale leaves from the thick stalks. Discard the stalks, and shred the leaves. When the barley is cooked, stir the kale into the broth for a further 3-4 mins, till wilted.
5. Have a taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Ladle the scotch broth into deep bowls and serve.
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I found this really satisfying and simple. My only criticism is the water quantities - I had to triple this and the stock as it became closer to a thick stew until I added more water. I used rainbow carrots which gave it a fun pink hue!