Hearty soups for Burns Night

Looking for a hearty meal for a cold winter's evening? These two recipes from the New Covent Garden Soup Co. are bursting with flavour and are perfect for your Burns Night supper. Get stuck in!

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Serves 6 

​20 minutes preparation, 1 hour 15 minutes cooking

This brilliant and quintessentially Scottish soup has been a family recipe for many years, handed down through the generations. It still makes a regular appearance at the table for Lesley Loveday’s mum. Lesley, our marketing guru, suggests making it with different cuts of meat; it also tastes great with a shin of beef. This broth makes an excellent main-course meal, especially when served with warm, crusty bread.


450g lamb (on the bone for more flavour)

3 litres cold water

3 large carrots, diced

2 medium onions, diced

1 large leek, finely sliced

1 small turnip or swede, diced

300g pearl barley, soaked overnight

½ bunch fresh curly-leaf parsley, chopped

1 clove

1 bay leaf

Good pinch salt

Good pinch white pepper


Place the lamb in a large saucepan, cover with the water and bring to the boil. Add the carrots, onions, leek and turnip to the pan.

A froth might form on the surface of the water – skim this off every so often. Cook for 15 minutes.

Rinse the barley and add it to the pan, together with the parsley, clove, bay leaf, salt and pepper.

Simmer until the barley is soft and the soup has become thick in consistency, about 50 minutes. Stir the soup as it cooks and skim off any fat with a large spoon.

Remove the lamb 15 minutes from the end of cooking and allow it cool a little before stripping the meat from the bones. Discard the bones.

Cut the meat into small pieces and return to the soup. The final broth should be thick enough to stand a spoon up in. Remove the clove and bay before serving.



Serves 6

15 minutes preparation, 1 hour cooking

Based on the traditional Burns Night supper of haggis and turnips (neeps), this recipe is bursting with

flavour. We’ve opted for swedes instead of turnips. Choose small ones for maximum sweetness once

combined with the spice of haggis. We suspect this recipe will be one you’ll return to year after year.


50ml oil

1 large onion, diced

2 large carrots, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

25ml Scotch whisky

1 small swede, cut into 2cm pieces

200g waxy potatoes, cut into 2cm pieces

70g dried red lentils

20g dried pearl barley

1.3 litres chicken stock

200g haggis, skin removed and crumbled or roughly chopped

10g parsley, chopped




Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion, carrots and garlic for 10 minutes. Add the whisky and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add the swede, the potatoes, the red lentils and the pearl barley to the pan. Stir, then add the stock and simmer for about 40 minutes, until the lentils have broken down and all the vegetables are cooked and starting to break up.

Add the haggis, the parsley and salt. Bring the soup up to a simmer. The haggis will break down a little, thickening the soup. Add a touch of pepper, if you like, before serving.

Great British Soups


Book cover for Great British Soups

Great British Soups from the New Covent Garden Soup Company is the perfect recipe book for soup lovers!

With classic recipes lovingly sourced from all over the British Isles and further afield, Great British Soups is full of ideas for using local ingredients and regional flavours to create hearty, healthy soups for you and your family.