Pho Soup

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
25 min
45 min

8 servings

  • Base:
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 whole carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 thumb-sized pieces fresh ginger, diced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, pounded with the back of knife, then roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch sweet basil, leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 jalapenos, roughly chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Spicy vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Suggested medley of roasted vegetables for soup:
  • Eggplant
  • Carrot
  • Red pepper
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Fresh spinach
  • Snow peas
  • "Dragon" noodles, fresh ramen, lo mein, or buckwheat
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
Suggested medley of roasted vegetables for soup:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a roasting pan place all the ingredients in the oil and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven, transfer into a large pot, and add 1 gallon of cool water. Bring to a simmer. Once at a simmer, add the cilantro, basil, and jalapenos and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Stir in the sambal, soy sauce, sesame oil and salt, to taste.

For the spicy vinaigrette:

Whisk together all ingredients.

Toss desired medley of vegetables with spicy vinaigrette and serve on top of each soup bowl. Garnish with a fresh piece of lime.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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    FAKE PHO. Just looking at the ingredients, i can tell its fake. Pho does not have jalapenos, carrots, and good luck trying to find sambal oelek in Vietnam. This recipe should be taken off the foodnetwork site and the chef should be fired.
    Why is everyone getting so offended? Chinese food here is hardly authentic Chinese but you don't see them getting all offended. If you guys don't like this recipe, good for you. I didn't like it either, and I wouldn't categorize this as pho. But I also wouldn't get my panties up in a bunch because of this. Grow up everyone, you guys aren't children who should pout at things they don't like or understand.
    I have to admit, it's a completely different Pho than what I am used to. Growing up, we always had the beef version (best tasting in my personal opinion. This one was different, but it also helped my picky husband see what can possibly go into Pho. Guess I'll just have the spend the hours like my mom showed me to get the same taste... LOL.
    I looked up ramen and found this. I'm pretty sure the point is for it to be a short simple take on the dish. I can spend hours cooking all the vegetables and making my own spaghetti sauce or i can go buy a jar of the stuff. You still call it the same thing.
    Wow...don't harsh this guys' mellow just because his soups authentic background is a "bit" it Pho....of course not...and I agree with most of the reviewers that it probably should be called something else, but may be worth a may be good...just not traditional Pho.
    I won't even think of trying this so called PHO, I have been to an authentic PHO restaurant, and have ate their PHO soup, you don't add egg plant, apple, and whatever else you may want to add, a true PHO takes several hours to prepare, and there are a lot steps, to get that beautiful broth. This recipe should be taken off the Food Network site.
    such a delicious and healthy tasty soup, love the spicyness!
    I know everyone is insulted that this is called pho but I think its tasty for the people who have never heard of or tried pho. Im vietnamese myself and have had all diff types of pho including a vegetarian pho (which is very very tasty) and I can honestly say that this is NOT a vegetable pho either. This was a failed attempt to replicate it but im sure its good to the people who have never had it before. I would suggest they go to a Pho restaurant and then compare.
    I must admit...this is definitely not Pho. Just reading the ingredients and I already know it's not Pho. I'm not even vietnamese. You were trying to "american-ize" pho but I don't think it worked that well.
    WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? Don't be calling it "PHO" if it's not.... "PHO" has been a Vietnamese tradition for generations so don't be stealing someone else soup's name just because you can't think of a name for yours.
    This is not pho. Someone at Food Network needs to review these recipes before publishing.
    Trong, this is not even VEGETARIAN PHO, look at what in it! they should change the name the dish to Noodle Soup or something, I'M INSULTED, being a Vietnamese almost 40yrs, and never heard of such thing! Fly Trap, your dish may be good, but it's not PHO and it's would u like others to call you DEAD FLY or DEAD TRAP?
    Sorry guys I'm very insulted by this attempt at PHO! I'm from Saigon and this is NOT pho. This tells you that the network is very bias at best in attempt at vietnamese cooking. Re: Trong so it's a vegetarian PHO! So they should change the recipe name to VEGETARIAN PHO!!! I think we all need to tell the network and their mostly caucasian audience what real asian cooking is about!!!
    That sounds gross. My mom's pho sounds and probably tastes better then that
    For everyone who is rating this recipe one Star, this is not pho w/ beef and beef stock. It is for vegetarian lovers. I guess all the animal fat that has been consumed over the years are showing it's signs?
    There is no such thing as vegetarian pho. Vegetarian pho was made up in the United States to cater to people that have no idea what pho looks or tastes like.
    This is the description from a place that I eat Pho at all the's amazing!
     "53. PHO?????.???????????.....................?.???????...$7.95
     Rice noodle with beef, stew beef, beef ball, bean sprout,
     and lettuce topped with green onion and cilantro"
     Now that's real Pho at least where I come from.
    This is not PHO! Not remotely close to PHO!!!
    I'm sorry if you want real authentic Pho, then you need to come to Westminster, Ca. Where you can find a Pho restaurant on every corner. Take my word for it. I'm Vietnamese.
    we eat pho about once a week (at a variety of local restaurants) but have never tried to make it ourselves, until today. we chose this version because it seemed the easiest to make, however, it didn't taste anything like what we are used to. we felt that it lacked the traditional flavor we love so much. now we know we need to spend the time and money for the real deal.
    i love pho soup and this is not usually how u make it and ive had all different styles of pho soup too
    I live less than one mile from here! It is a unique, tasty place to eat. This dish is amazing, and has a lot of kick. Yay Ferndale! Yay Michigan!
    This i my favorite dish at the Fly Trap in Frendale, MI. Absolutely amazing.
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