This quick and easy Weeknight Pho allows you to enjoy classic Vietnamese flavors without the labor (and time) of making the slow-simmered homemade broth.
If you’re a pho lover, you know that any quality pho requires a unique and balanced broth. Creating that broth can take hours and lots of ingredients.
In this quick recipe I add classic pho aromatics—ginger, cloves, coriander, fish sauce and cinnamon—to vegetable or chicken broth. As the broth simmers away the remaining ingredients are prepared and all that is left is assembly.
How to make easy pho
Classic pho broth can simmer for hours on the stove top. Not this one. This quick pho recipe cuts down the simmer time by using prepared broth (chicken or vegetable), a bit of water, and a handful of classic aromatics. A short 15–20 minute simmer on the stove top is all the broth needs to be ready for enjoying!
- combine broth, water and aromatics in a large pot.
- bring broth to a boil, reduce to a simmer, partially cover and simmer 15–20 minutes.
- meanwhile, cook rice noodles and prepare toppings.
- divide noodles and chicken between bowls
- ladle broth over noodles
- top with veggies and (lots) of herbs.
There are two key components to a good pho. A flavorful broth and LOTS of fresh toppings. And if there’s one topping you shouldn’t skip or skimp on, it would be herbs—use a lot of herbs and a variety of herbs.
- Sliced hot peppers (serrano, jalapeño)
- Basil or Thai basil
- Bean Sprouts
- Hot sauce (Sriracha)
Pho vs. Ramen
These two noodle soups can seem similar, but are actually quite different. Both feature flavorful broths and noodles, but that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. Here is a quick rundown of each soup’s components.
- Light flavorful and aromatic broth
- Thin rice noodles
- Very fresh toppings: veggies and herbs
- Thinly sliced meat (chicken or beef)
- Creamier broth
- Thick, curly noodles
- Variety of hearty toppings, soft boiled egg, corn, narutomaki (fishcake), corn, seaweed and sprouts.
- Thick and fatty slices of meat
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