Easy Weeknight Pho


I keep meaning to post this, but then life gets crazy and…blah blaaah blaaaaah.  

We’re all crazy busy…which is why you need this pho in your life.  It is NOT fancy pho.  I repeat.  This is NOT fancy phoking pho.  This is I-just-worked-all-day-and-I-might-die-if-I-don’t-eat-pho-right-now pho.  It couldn’t be any easier.  Most of the ingredients are easily kept on hand for emergency pho situations: 

RECIPE (serves 2 big eaters)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups hot water
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
4 or 5 whole star anise
Dash cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
Dash cloves (or 5 whole cloves)
6 turkey meatballs (Trader Joe’s frozen – green and white bag)
4 oz flat rice noodles
Fresh basil for garnish
other optional garnishes: cilantro, fresh lime, sriracha sauce, hoisin sauce, and sliced jalapeño

Saute onion in a little grapeseed or olive oil until golden.  Add crushed garlic and cook one minute more.  Add broth, water, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, star anise, cinnamon, and cloves, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Taste the broth and tinker with it until your pho cravings are satisfied (the recipe is merely a suggestion).  Add turkey meatballs and simmer for another 15 minutes, until heated through.  Follow package directions on your rice noodles, drain, and divide into bowls.  Add meatballs, broth, and whatever garnishes you have on hand.

If you’re not racing to get into your fuzzy pants and watch Game of Thrones, then I suggest THIS RECIPE from the Steamy Kitchen blog.  It is my go-to weekend pho. It’s more labor intensive….but definitely worth the extra effort.   




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2 responses to “Easy Weeknight Pho

  1. Hello Jen, I came to your blog from your comment on the Utah Dahlia Society blog. To answer your question the tomato cages are working out really well. Most of my dahlias are taller than the cages and are well supported. They have even held up in a few storms we have had recently. I will post a few photos soon. Thanks for stopping by the UDS blog and BTW your blog is fabulous. I am going to come back when I have more time.

  2. Thanks, Karen! I lost three of my plants this year, so will be trying out the tomato cages next year for sure! Can’t wait to see your pictures! Thanks for the response. 🙂

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