Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, One Pot Dish, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

More Pho Soup Fo’ Sure


Happy Meatless Monday! Vietnamese Pho Soup may look intimidating (or strange), but it’s so simple. You make a broth, cook the rice noodles and assemble. I originally made this with tofu because 1). I had it on hand; 2). I was pressed for time; 3). it’s easy to use and requires no prep; and 4). why not? But for you carnivores out there, you can easily convert this to a “meat lovers” version by adding chicken, beef, pork or shrimp and then substituting chicken or beef broth for vegetable. This soup is light, refreshing, just ticket on a cold day. The sriracha adds just the right amount of spice, the herbs add a freshness and the spices just the right flavor. It’s also so easy to make it your own!

Ingredients (serves 4).

For the Broth:

  • 4 c vegetable broth
  • 2 c water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 of an onion, diced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and shaved
  • 2 t minced garlic or 4 cloves of garlic

For the Soup:

  • 2 c shredded carrots
  • 8 oz. of thin rice noodles
  • 1 package light tofu, cubed
  • 2 scallions, thinly chopped
  • 1/2 c loosely packed cilantro, washed and stems removed
  • 1/2 c loosely packed basil, washed and chopped
  • Sriracha to taste
  • 4 T reduced sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 4 lime wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, bring all ingredients for the broth to a boil. Once boiling, add the carrots and bring the broth to a simmer for about 15 min.
  2. Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
  3. In large bowls, evenly divide the rice noodles and cubed tofu. Add 1 ½ c of broth with carrots to each bowl.
  4. Top with fresh chopped basil, fresh cilantro and chopped scallions or any toppings of choice. Add 1 T of soy sauce to each bowl and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Lightly drizzle with sriracha. Squeeze fresh lime juice over each bowl.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

TIP: store the cooked rice noodles in a separate container than the soup/broth. The noodles will absorb all of the liquid otherwise!

Additional Toppings.

  • Sliced ginger
  • Sliced jalapeño
  • Water chestnut
  • Bok choy
  • Baby corn
  • Broccoli or cauliflower
  • Bean sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Edamame
  • Cabbage
  • Whole anise (to the broth if you enjoy that flavor)
  • Fish sauce (again to the broth if you like that flavor)

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven‘s Vietnamese Pho Soup.



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