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simple vegetable Pho
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Simply Vegetarian Pho

Brothy soups are warming, and restore the body with needed fluids and sodium.  Loaded with vegetables makes this a satisfying and healing meal.

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 271 kcal
Author Janet Barton


Pho Broth:

  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise


  • 5-6 shitake mushrooms stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 carrot peeled and julienned into thin strips
  • 4 baby bok choy cut in half
  • 8 snow pea pods julienned
  • 4 ounces fresh Pho noodles or dried rice noodles 
  • 1-3 teaspoons Tamari or soy sauce, to taste


  • Thai basil
  • fresh cilantro
  • green onions
  • jalapeno slices green or red
  • Sambal chili sauce
  • Lime wedges
  • Sambal or Sriracha


  1. In a large pot, add broth and spices.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Cover and let stand while preparing other ingredients.  Add tamari as needed.  The amount depends on how salty the broth is.  I lightly salt my homemade broth so I will add 3 - 4 teaspoons.
    simple vegetable Pho
  2. In a small skillet, melt coconut oil.  Add sliced mushrooms and sautee until beginning to wilt. Set aside.
  3. Prep veggetables.  Cut carrots and snow peas into thin julienne slices.  Cut baby bok choy in half.  Chop green onions, jalapeno, thai basil, and cilantro.  
    simple vegetable Pho
  4. If not using fresh Pho rice noodles, In a pot of salted boiling water, prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and rinse.
  5. When ready to serve.  Arrange prepared veggies and rice noodles in each bowl.  
  6. Pour steaming hot broth over top of veggies.  Allow to cool 5-10 minutes to allow veggies to cook.  
  7. Top with Sambal or Sriracha, lime wedge, Thai basil, cilantro, green onions and hot peppers.

Recipe Notes

  • Beef or chicken broth may be used for a richer Pho
  • If you want veggies cooked more than tender, crisp.  Simmer in hot broth for 5-7 minutes before serving.  
  • Add any veggies you like.  Make a custom bowl.
  • Sodium content will vary in nutrition facts.  Homemade sodium is far less than purchased.
Nutrition Facts
Simply Vegetarian Pho
Amount Per Serving (3 -4)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.4g11%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 500mg21%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 42.6g14%
Fiber 7.1g28%
Sugar 12.4g14%
Protein 14.1g28%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.