Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

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Vegetarian Pho

The national soup of Vietnam is a bowl of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and bean sprouts swimming in a fragrant broth.

  • 6Servings

Ingredients

Broth

  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 large shallots, sliced (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 12 1/4-inch-thick coins fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 5-6 fresh basil stems, leaves reserved for soup
  • 5-6 cilantro stems, leaves reserved for soup

Pho

  • 1 8-oz. pkg. rice noodles
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. Asian-flavor baked tofu, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups soybean sprouts
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 4 green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Preparation

1. To make Broth: Place all ingredients in large pot with 8 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 1 hour. Strain broth, and return to pot. Discard solids.

2. To make Pho: Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Divide among 6 large soup bowls. Ladle Broth over noodles, and top with tofu, sprouts, watercress, and green onions. Serve cilantro, basil, and lime wedges on the side to be stirred into soup.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 290
  • Carbohydrate Content: 42 g
  • Fat Content: 5.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 578 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g