Noodle soup is a comfort food found in almost every culture, whether it’s the all-American chicken noodle or Japanese ramen. Today, we’re focusing on a Southeast Asian favorite: pho (pronounced “fuh”). Brimming with rice noodles, herbs, and meat, pho recipes are flavor-packed one-pot meals most commonly found on the streets of Vietnam. But if a trip to Hanoi isn’t on the calendar anytime soon, here are seven easy, healthy ways to create the dish, from pho soups to beef pho, in your own kitchen.
Jazz up your chicken dinner by throwing the meat in a soup bubbling with herby flavor and bulked up with brown rice noodles. It’s so much more exciting than just grilled chicken breast and veggies for so little extra work.
Here’s the pho recipe for when you don’t have the cinnamon and anise on hand. Getting its flavor from garlic, jalapeño, and fish sauce, it may not be totally authentic, but the spicy kick will satisfy your craving anyway.
It’s hard to decide what the best part of this beefy pho is: the zoodles that make it Paleo and gluten-free, the fragrant spiced broth they’re swimming in, the juicy sirloin that beefs up the dish, or the fact that it’s all ready in just 30 minutes. You be the judge.
Take the express route to a comforting bowl of pho with this vegan recipe. Mushrooms add a ton of meaty texture, and carrots lend even more fiber. You’ll be slurping away happily in less than half an hour.
Just the simple step of marinating the steak in red curry paste adds a whole new level of flavor to this fast and easy soup. Combined with the broth, it becomes a cross between a Vietnamese pho and a Malaysian laksa, and the result is delicious.
While the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise keep this recipe true to a traditional pho, additions such as tofu for vegetarian protein and peanuts for crunch make it both filling and fun. You may very well prefer this over the meat version.
The secret to really fantastic pho is letting the meat and soup simmer in all those herbs and spices for as long as possible. For those of us who don’t have the time to watch a pot for hours, this slow-cooker version gives you all that depth of flavor for minimal effort, just the way we like it.