Search This Blog

Search This Blog

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.

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.

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.

Vegetable Soup ingredients in a slow cooker with stock

pin it for later

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. #slowcookervegetablesoup #slowcookersoup #crockpotsoup #crockpotvegetablesoup #fatfreesoup #lowcaloriesoup #52diet #scottishvegetablesoup #vegetablesoup

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.

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.

Bowl of Scottish Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

also try - Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew or Slow Cooker Triple Tomato & Spinach Pasta

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.



vegetable soup, root vegetable soup, Scottish vegetable soup, slow cooker soup, slow cooker vegetable soup, crockpot soup, crockpot vegetable soup, fat free vegetable soup, low calorie vegetable soup, soup, what is a turnip
Scottish, vegetarian, vegan
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.
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


  • 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


  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!


Calories and nutrition are for 6 servings.
fat (grams)
sat. fat (grams)
carbs (grams)
protein (grams)
sugar (grams)
Created using The Recipes Generator


Spinach & Cream Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach & Cream Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

A simple recipe for a stuffed pasta recipe made in a slow cooker. The perfect midweek meal for vegans or vegetarians.

For more vegetarian and vegan slow cooker recipes, check out my page Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes. 

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians


  1. This soup looks amazing! Saving to try soon!

  2. There is nothing I love more than using my slow cooker on a cold winter night. And making a hearty stew like this just seems perfect. What a great way to warm the belly and soul.

  3. I love everything about this healthy soup! I've never tried turnips (or rutabaga) :) but it's time that I do!

    1. Yes do, they are great mashed or in a soup or stew.

  4. This is such a hearty and healthy soup! Perfect warmer this cold season!

    1. Yes perfect for cold winter days and eating healthy

  5. I believe turnips and rutabaga/swede/neeps are two different (related) vegetables. Turnips are white and rutabaga are yellow. Right? I see what you mean it's all very confusing!


I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x