Healthy and Hearty Pho

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

Category: Main Dish

Yields: 8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered

  • 4 ounces of fresh ginger, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

  • 8 cloves of garlic, whole

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 teaspoon of whole peppercorns

  • 6 cups of broth (Vegetable, Chicken, or Beef)

  • 1 pound of cooked chicken, shredded (can substitute with beef or shrimp)

  • 4 green onions, sliced

  • 1/3 cup of cilantro

  • 1/3 cups of beansprouts (optional)

  • 4 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced

  • 2 limes, sliced into wedges

  • 2 pounds of banh pho noodles (also know as rice sticks)

  • Water


  1. Place broth, onions, ginger, garlic cloves, salt and pepper, soy sauce, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, star anise, and whole peppercorn in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until flavors combine. Remove solids with a slotted spoon and keep broth hot.

  2. Slice green onions, jalapenos, lime, and cilantro. Set aside with washed bean sprouts and shredded roasted chicken.

  3. Fill a second pot with water and bring to a boil.

  4. Place noodles in the boiling water pot, turn off the burner, take the pot off the burner, and let is sit for 8 minutes or until noodles are softened. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Divide noodles among 8 serving bowls.

  5. Ladle in hot broth.

  6. Garnish with shredded chicken, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion, and lime.

  7. Enjoy!