Pho: Beef Noodle Soup Recipe {Easy and Delicious}

27 Dec


On a cold winter day like today, I love a good bowl of soup. About a year ago, I accidentally found the most amazing {easy} recipe for Pho. It was one of those nights where we were sitting around contemplating dinner, one of us was starting to get a bit of a cold, and we just wanted some hot {mildly spicy} soup. So, I hopped on the internet and printed the first Pho recipe I found and headed to the grocery store at nearly 9pm. I am so glad I did because it has become a staple in our house! Pho is a type of Vietnamese/Thai beef noodle soup. If you have ever watched Anthony Bourdain’s show: No Reservations, you have probably seen a million different variations of this soup. {it’s one of his favorites} The ingredients and process are simple. It makes great left overs. And, the ginger and cilantro make your kitchen smell so fresh!


Pho: Beef Noodle Soup {simple, easy, and amazing}



  • 6 oz packaged rice noodles or vermicelli
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 4 medium green onion green and white divided and chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 TBSP ginger root minced/grated
  • 6 oz thinly sliced beef (at least 6 oz, depending on how ‘meaty’ you want your soup) I found some beef at Publix that they call “sandwich beef” that looks like what you would want for a prime rib sandwich, and that worked well when I cut it into small pieces. You can also use fajita beef cut into small chunks too.
  • 7 cups beef broth (I use the cubes and have this ready ahead of time)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp hot pepper sauce or to taste (I use Tabasco and I also add a few drops of Chili Oil – found on the ethnic aisle at the grocery store)


Here’s what you do:

Using a sharp knife cut noodles in half. Heat oil in a med saucepan over med heat. Add white green onion, jalapeno pepper and ginger saute 1 min. Add beef and saute until browned all over (approx 3 min) stirring constantly. Add broth and soy sauce, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to med/low simmer for 10 min. Add noodles and simmer 3 min longer. Remove from heat and add green onions, cilantro, hot pepper sauce. Serve and ENJOY!

FYI: This is Ginger Root. It took me a while to find it in the grocery store because I didn’t know what I was looking for. I finally found it in the ‘organic’ section near the potatoes and onions. I also didn’t know that you have to peel this before you grate it. I used a cheese grater and it turned out to work great!

FYI: These are the noodles. They are also found on the ‘ethnic asile’ at your grocery store. They are continuous and really long, so you need to cut the lot of them down the middle. You need a really sharp knife and a cutting board you can slam into – they are tough! {makes for a good laugh}


I posted this recipe on my Facebook page several months ago and got a huge response from my friends. It truly is an easy dish to cook and really warms you up! And, remember – you can make it as spicy {or mild} as you want. The recipe is fairly mild – adding the Chili oil I suggest will really kick it up a notch. Hope you enjoy! And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes. Enjoy!


One Response to “Pho: Beef Noodle Soup Recipe {Easy and Delicious}”

  1. Kirby Snaders February.5.2010 at 8:20 pm #

    YUM!!! Just made these and took my first bite. Nice! Had my two kiddos help me make them. YUM YUM YUM!

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