Fast Pho


A spice- and herb-infused broth makes this speedy shrimp pho recipe taste like it simmered all day.

Total Time:
30 mins


  • 6 ounce brown-rice or regular banh pho (Vietnamese wide rice noodles)

  • 3 ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 - 3 tablespoon fish sauce or 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 4 inches stick cinnamon

  • 1 1 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced and cut into strips

  • 1 or 2 star anise (optional)

  • 3 green onions, trimmed and cut into thin 1-inch strips

  • 2 cup cubed cooked chicken, thinly sliced cooked pork, or cooked shrimp

  • 2 cup shredded bok choy or bean sprouts (optional)

  • ½ cup fresh basil, cilantro, and/or mint leaves

  • Sliced fresh jalapeño chile peppers or Asian chili sauce (Sriracha sauce) (optional)

  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine broth, fish sauce, cinnamon, ginger, and, if desired, star anise. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add green onions; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add chicken; simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute more. Remove and discard cinnamon and star anise.

  3. Divide cooked noodles among soup bowls. Ladle broth mixture over noodles. Serve with bok choy (if desired), herbs, jalapeño peppers (if desired), and lime wedges.

    Fast Pho
    Karla Conrad

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
6g Fat
38g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 900mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 5.6mg 28%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 354mg 8%
Folate, total 20.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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