Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup



A simple dump recipe for a traditional Scottish vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. 

Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker

I make a lot of soup. Usually it's in a pan on the cooker top and involves lentils and spices. Yes I'm talking about my favourite carrot, lentil and spinach soup

I've made so many soups over the years, but that's the one I make the most. It's thick, spicy, satisfying and delicious.

However, this is the soup my husband craves. A traditional Scottish vegetable soup. The kind made by our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on.

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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


Seasonal Vegetables


It's a chunky vegetable soup made with seasonal winter root vegetables. The only vegetables that were available in the winter before vegetables were flown in out of season and before the birth of the freezer and year long access to whatever you want.

Our families used to eat seasonally and it's a good tradition to follow. Vegetables taste better when they're in season and of course they're cheaper too, never mind all the air miles it saves.

We try to eat as seasonally as we can, but like all families there are a lot of our staple ingredients that come from other countries. I think just do what you can and fruit and vegetables are a good place to start.

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Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker

Dump Soup


This is what is so elegantly named dump soup in the US. As in all the vegetables are dumped in and not pre-cooked first. That's right just chop them and throw them in.

Of course dump has other connotations, it is a recycling centre for rubbish (trash), it's when you tell someone you aren't seeing them any more and it has one more meaning we won't discuss in polite company.

Dump recipes are all the rage right now and you can understand why these days when we are all so busy and pushed for time.

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Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker with stock



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Soup Ingredients


For this soup, I chopped and added onion (I usually add white onion, but I only had red), garlic, leeks, carrots, turnip and potato.

I gave it all a good mix, added enough vegetable stock to cover it and set it to slow cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Of course you could make this on the cooker top in a pot too, but I would saute the onion and garlic until soft first since it doesn't have that long slow cook.

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a Scottish turnip

What is a turnip?


Before you hit the recipe, lets clear up the enigma that is a turnip.

What is a turnip?

It is a Scottish root vegetable with a yellow flesh. It's a big brute and hellish to cut, but tastes wonderful in soups or mashed with lots of butter (vegan spread), salt and pepper.

To confuse things, in Scotland we also call it a neep as in neeps and tatties (potatoes). We also have a nickname for it, the tumshie.

Now this is where it gets complicated. We quarrel with our neighbour England about many things and one of them is the humble turnip. They call them swede and are obviously misguided (waits for ranty comments).

In the US they are called rutabaga.

Yes it's one that confuses many people.

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Bowl of Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup


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related - Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew

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Calories and Nutrition in Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

This soup is virtually fat free, low calorie, high in dietary fibre and potassium. It also has a good source of iron and calcium.

It is perfect for those on a budget and anyone who is watching their weight on a calorie controlled diet like the 5:2 diet.






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Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
A traditional Scottish winter root vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. Fat free, low calorie, satisfying and very tasty. A hug in a bowl.https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XhdaOJx6I_0/XAkchFY6yFI/AAAAAAAAxvA/MVTC2CVz7owrkhi9bNtJr4BurzxpXUHuQCLcBGAs/s1600/best%2Bslow%2Bcooker%2Bvegetable%2Bsoup.jpg2018-12-06
Yield: 4-6
Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup in white bowl with grey napkin and soup spoon

Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

A traditional Scottish winter root vegetable soup made in the slow cooker. Fat free, low calorie, satisfying and very tasty. A hug in a bowl.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 15 mins

ingredients


  • 1 red or white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large leeks, halved length ways and sliced
  • 3 large carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium to large turnip (rutabaga), roughly chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 pints/ 1 3/4 litres/7 cups vegetable stock
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper

instructions


  1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker pan.
  2. Mix well and add the stock, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 6 servings.
calories
167
fat (grams)
0.7
sat. fat (grams)
0.1
carbs (grams)
37.6
protein (grams)
4.4
sugar (grams)
8.7
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When I was growing up my mum regularly made mac and cheese, although growing up in Scotland it was always called macaroni cheese. Whatever you call it, it's always a winner.

This recipe is one of the easiest. No longer do you need to stand stirring a sauce and have several pans to clean. Now you can just dump in all in your slow cooker, turn it on and walk away. Leaving it to get on with making the most heavenly mac n cheese.

Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté



An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.

Easy Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with oatcakes

When I'm shopping I often waste time looking in the pâté section of the chillers for a mushroom pâté or any veggie pâté really and yes it's a waste of time. Although I've found them in the past, the supermarkets don't seem to stock them anymore.

I used to like the original Tartex, which is a paste or pâté made with nutritional yeast and is sold in a tube in health food shops, but they changed the recipe and I really don't like it now. Plus the pâté in tubes is just too smooth for my liking. I like a bit of texture to a pâté.

It was time to make my own and as it's so easy to make there is no excuse really.


3 large flat cap mushrooms

Mushroom foraging


November is the perfect time to go mushroom hunting. This traditionally damp time of year is the time when forests are full of mushrooms. Of course you need to know what you're looking for as you can easily make a mistake and eat a poisonous mushroom which can cause stomach cramps, make you severely ill or even cause death. If you're not an expert, you should really go mushroom hunting with an organised group led by a professional forager.

Which mushrooms?


If you're foraging in the supermarket for mushrooms, look our for portabello mushrooms or large flat cap mushroom for flavour. Chestnut mushrooms can be good for flavour too, but the cheaper white closed cup mushrooms don't have a lot of flavour. 

You can also re-hydrate and chop some dried mushrooms and add them to the pot for extra flavour.

I used large flat cap mushrooms for this recipe.


roasted and shelled chestnuts

Chestnuts


If you love Christmas traditions and have lots of time to potter about in the kitchen, ie you don't have a family, a job and a blog to look after, then roast your chestnuts and remove the shells.

If you're time poor like me, buy them pre-packed. 

I got my pre-roasted and shelled chestnuts from Asda. They're from Merchant Gourmet, who do a fabulous range of larder products in sachets like puy lentils, mixed grains and these rather convenient chestnuts. Tesco is supposed to stock them too (and I'm sure other major supermarkets), but my local branch didn't have them.


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Mushroom Wellington


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Spread a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry with my Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté, top it with a mixture of mushrooms cooked with nuts, oats and herbs, then wrap the pastry in a sausage roll shape and bake or try my Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington.

Scottish Oatcakes


The traditional way to serve a Scottish oat based pâté like this one is with oatcakes. 

There are so many fabulous oatcakes available to buy from fine to rough. Some circular biscuits and other types come in a rough triangle. They are all the perfect base for this tasty pâté.

You can also make your own oatcakes. Try these traditional Scottish oatcakes from Hamlyns. It's a super easy recipe for a rough oatcake.

Toast


A rich pâté like this is fabulous on toast, especially if you have a tiger loaf, bloomer loaf or a sourdough loaf to slice thickly and toast. 
You could be more extravagant and brush the bread with a little olive oil before toasting and then rub with a clove of garlic before spreading on the pate. Oh yes!

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté


To make this pâté, you saute shallots and garlic in olive oil, until soft, then add the mushrooms and fresh thyme and cook gently for lots of flavour. While they're cooking I season them well with salt and pepper and add some veggie Worcestershire sauce (which is suitable for vegans).

Once the mushrooms are soft, I add the roughly chopped chestnuts and oats and cook for another couple of minutes to give the flavours a change to absorb.

I then add cream cheese and blend the pâté in a food processor until it is quite smooth, but still has a bit of texture. You could use your favourite cream cheese. If you're making a vegan pate I recommend Violife Creamy.


Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Oatmeal

Hamlyns Oats


I created this recipe for and using Hamlyns Oats. I used the porridge oats but the oatmeal would work in this recipe too.

Hamlyns of Scotland is a family business, which has been owned by the same family for 14 generations. Last year it celebrated it's 50th birthday. 

So if you are reaching for a bag of oats in the supermarket, look for the Hamlyns logo for high quality grains and to support a family business.


Calories and Nutrition in Mushroom & Chestnut Pâté



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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté

An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes at Christmas, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins

ingredients


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 250g/3 large flat cap mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp veggie worcestershire sauce
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 100g roasted chestnuts, shelled and chopped
  • 6 tbsp porridge oats
  • 5 tbsp cream cheese ( standard or vegan)

instructions


  1. Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil gently until soft.
  2. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper while they are cooking.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the oats and chestnuts and stir until well combined.
  5. Add the mushroom mixture to a food processor with the cream cheese and blend until fairly smooth.
  6. Serve or keep in the fridge for a couple of days until required.
  7. Enjoy!
calories
106
fat (grams)
6
sat. fat (grams)
2.7
carbs (grams)
11.3
protein (grams)
2.4
sugar (grams)
1
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Disclosure: I created this recipe for Hamlyns. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

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