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Easy Homemade Pho Recipe

Easy Homemade Pho Recipe

CUISINE

Asian

PREP

20 minutes

COOK

40 minutes

SERVINGS

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp beef bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • Spice Bag Contents: 4 whole cloves 2 whole star anise 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lb chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces dried rice noodles
  • Water
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves (or fresh Thai basil leaves)
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, diced into quarters
  • garlic chili paste and hoisin sauce (optional)

Directions:

Broth
  1. Add the beef bullion and 1 quart water to a large saucepan and bring to a low boil.
  2. Add the fish sauce, sugar, ginger, onion and salt to the stock and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Place cloves, star anise and cinnamon stick into spice bag. Add it to the broth and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Around the 30 minutes, taste the broth to see that the spice flavors have been extracted, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  5. Remove spice bag from broth.
Chicken
  1. In a separate large pan, add a ½ tablespoon of olive oil, as well as the garlic and ginger. On medium heat, sauté, stirring frequently, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Gently pound chicken with a tenderizer to desired thickness.
  3. Add chicken to the large pan, season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Sauté until fully cooked (about 10 minutes).
Rice Noodles & Toppings
  1. In a large pot of water, cook rice noodles according to package instructions; drain well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl (highly recommend buying large pho or ramen bowls), add broth, rice noodles, and chicken.
  3. Chop broccoli and microwave for 90 seconds, slice carrots into desired size.
  4. Garnish with broccoli, carrots, green onions, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, jalapenos, and limes. Garlic chili paste and hoisin sauce as desired.

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Easy Homemade Pho

My favorite comfort food is a giant bowl of pho. Honestly, I could eat this soup in 100 degree weather, it’s that good (or I’m just weird).  Healthy easy pho is now a staple in our weeknight meal rotation. The great thing about making this easy homemade pho recipe is that you can adjust the portion sizes of the ingredients you add in. It’s easy to get a couple servings of vegetables in with just the toppings alone! Portion the rice noodles, use a lean protein and you have a balanced meal!

Get creative with this recipe. You may like using different veggies and herbs or spices–it’s fun to experiment with different broths too! I’m still working on my chopsticks ability, but I love the experience of eating pho!

 

Homemade Pho Nutrition Info:

Chicken: A 4-ounce serving of grilled chicken breast, which is a little bigger than the palm of your hand, has 35 grams of protein. Chicken is also a great source of vitamins like thiamin, B6, and pantothenic acid, and minerals like iron, zinc, and copper. A lean cut of chicken (like a boneless skinless chicken breast) cooked in a healthier way (like grilled, or sautéed in a light amount of olive oil with light seasoning, like in recipe above) is a good choice if you’re looking for a healthy way to add meat to a meal.

Fresh Vegetables and Herbs: Common vegetables in pho include broccoli, bok choy, carrots, cilantro, onions, in the broth and traditional toppings include bean sprouds, green onions, Thai basil, mint, limes or jalapenos or Thai chilis.

If you are looking for a little bit lower carb, reduce your noodle portion! When I’m looking to eat less noodles, I’ll add more fresh vegetables or cooked vegetables, like broccoli or carrots, to still fill me up without all of the extra carbs.

Fresh herbs, such as cilantro, mint or Thai basil, deliver a small boost of vitamin A, and a squirt of fresh lime juice adds a bit of vitamin C. Skip the salty hot sauces and switch to fresh jalapeno or Thai chilis if you like it hot!

 

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

My other favorite soup recipes are Turmeric Chicken Vegetable or Chicken Vegetable Miso Soup, give those a try next!

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