Pho-Inspired Beef Noodle Soup

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish made with rice noodles and meat, and served in a flavorful, clear broth with a multitude of garnishes. For this recipe, we've used unsalted beef broth seasoned with garlic, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and clove. Star anise and ngo gai (culantro) are also commonly used to flavor the broth. It simmers for just 15 minutes, becoming infused with the flavor of the spices, but broth for traditional pho may simmer for hours. For garnishing, we've lined up bean sprouts, scallions, basil, chiles and lime, but you could also use cabbage, mint or cilantro. One of the best parts of this dish is how customizable it is.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 4 cups unsalted beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 4 ounces pad thai rice noodles

  • 2 cups halved snap peas

  • 1 cup thinly sliced white onion

  • 1 pound beef sirloin, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup bean sprouts

  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions (4 medium)

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced chile peppers, such as serrano or jalapeño

  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, pepper, cinnamon and cloves; cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth and fish sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and divide among 4 bowls.

  3. Add snap peas, onion and beef to the broth. Simmer until the beef is just cooked through, about 1 minute; remove from heat.

  4. Ladle the soup over the noodles. Divide bean sprouts, scallions, basil and chiles among the bowls. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
6g Fat
33g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Potassium 621mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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