Thursday, November 10, 2011


I am obsessed with soup. I already made chicken & chick pea soup this week, and enjoyed chicken & rice soup at my favorite Chinese restaurant.

Today I am making this quick and dirty Pho recipe....with chicken. It's light, flavorful, healthy and perfect for a nippy fall day! While searching for Pho recipes, I found 2 types. Some of them started out this way...."Find a chicken. Bring it home. Kill it. Butcher it. Let the hacked up carcass simmer for 192 hours in a cast iron pot that's been in your family for 14 generations....." The other recipes went something like this...."Buy pre-cooked chicken cubes and a box of chicken stock...." Since I'm a lazy ass, I'm going with the quick and dirty version....

Quick and Dirty Pho

4 oz. noodles (rice vermicelli, or bun)
6 c. chicken stock (mine comes from a box!)
2 T fish sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
2 T minced fresh ginger
1 T minced lemon grass
5 scallions, chopped
2 c. shredded chicken (I poach mine, then shred it)
1 c. bean sprouts
1 c. bok choy

for toppings....limes, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, mint, hot sauce


1. Cook noodles.
2. Put chicken stock, fish sauce, ginger, lemon grass and scallions in a pot...bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cook for 10 minutes. Add in chicken, bean sprouts and bok choy. Cook for about 5 minutes.
3. Put noodles in bowl, pour pho over noodles. Garnish with extra sprouts and herbs. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top...don't forget that part. That's the best part! :^)

Yum! Enjoy!

Happy Soup Day,


Jacqueline Howett said...

Thanks for the recipe! Looks so healthy!

I'm going to also try making chick pea soup, as I have a bag of that handy. Have a great day!

Unknown said...

Looks good. I've been trying new recipes...gonna add this one to my list.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Jacqueline! My chick pea soup was had fennel, carrots, lots of fresh herbs. My hubby loved it!

Penny Watson said...

Hi looks easy, which is always my #1 priority! hee hee

Geekamicus said...

Awesome. I have almost all the ingredients at home and I was looking for something to make for dinner.

The split pea was fabulous, by the way.

Penny Watson said...

Geek! I forgot about the split pea soup...isn't that a great recipe? I love that one. My hubs loves it, too.

If you don't have the lemon grass at home, I sometimes substitute dried lemon peel or just fresh lemon juice and freshly grated lemon peel.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Love pho. Love love love pho!

Geekamicus said...

My hubs has declared he doesn't care for split pea soup (poor deluded fool) -- something about the color. (He doesn't eat guacamole either, see what I mean about being deluded?). So I froze it in portions. Had one today after I posted. It is even better than it was last week.

Penny Watson said..., too!

Geek....the color of split pea soup can be off-putting, but the taste more than makes up for it!

Steph from said...

I am more likely to make soup than anything and this looks delish. Thanks Have you make chick pea and escarole? And,Julia's cold killer soup is great! It make steam come out of your head!