Pho soup(Gf, V)

Pho is a delicious soup but one that takes a long time to prepare because you make everything on its own and then put it together but it is worth the time.

Ingredients:

Broth – use these ingredients for best Pho taste

  • 1 onion
  • 1 small garlic
  • 1 T un-flavorful oil like sesame, corn, or sunflower
  • 4 cardamom pods or about 1 t ground cardamom
  • 2 star anise or about 1 t anise seeds
  • 1 – 2 cloves or about 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 T coriander seed
  • 6 cups veggie broth ( can use Bouillon or ready made broth – all brands have different amounts so use whatever amount the package says)

Veggies – at least one of each category

  • Tough veggies – potatoes, veggie sausage*, mushrooms*
  • Medium veggies – carrots, tofu*, broccoli, snap peas, corn, etc
  • Light veggies – kale, bok choi, spinach etc

Noodles

  • Long noodles or rice

Toppings – anything you want to top your soup

  • Onion, scallion, Thai basil, limes, anything works

Special tools

  • Large pot
  • Sheet pan

Steps

  1. Cut the onion and ginger in half. Place both on the sheet pan cut side down.
  2. Broil for 15 – 20 minutes until all sides of the onion and ginger are charred.
  3. Set aside to cool while continuing with the broth.
  4. In a large pot, mix the oil and any whole spices you have meaning only put in the seeds, sticks, and pods, but not the ground spices if you have any.
  5. Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until all spices are aromatic.
  6. Add any ground spices to the oil now.
  7. Add veggie broth or water plus Bouillon to spice mix.
  8. Continue to cook meanwhile preparing veggies. The cinnamon stick and ginger should be removed after 10 minutes of cooking in the broth to not have too much cinnamon or ginger.
  9. By the time the soup is done, it should have been cooking for 30 – 35 minutes with the broth in it.
  10. Cut, chop, or dice veggies into desired sizes. Some ingredients are *ed which means that you should cook them for a little while on their own before entering the soup. The rest are fine to just cook in the soup.
  11. Put in any tough veggies that you are using. They will need to cook for about 
  12. After the tough veggies are in for about 10 minutes, add the medium veggies. They will need less time.
  13. After about 5 minutes, put in the light veggies. You don’t want them to be overcooked so turn off the burner and stop cooking them.
  14. Cook the noodles however the package explains until al dente.
  15. Put the noodles in serving dish and pour broth and veggie over.
  16. Top with topping of choice.

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