Healthy Recipe: Vegetarian Pho

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Healthy Recipe: Vegetarian Pho

This vegetarian pho recipe is the perfect twist on the classic chicken noodle soup.  It’s good for your soul, can clear up any cold and has a nice spicy kick!

Let’s just jump right in with this Vegetarian Pho recipe.  I honestly wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.  I was a little nervous because for me, Asian dishes can either go really really good or really really bad.  I had sushi on stand by just in case but turns out we didn’t need it because the verdict was I hit it out of the park!  I told you bowls were big in 2016!

vegetarian pho

This Vegetarian Pho recipe is actually pretty easy to make and you can dress it up any which was you want adding in extra veggies, tofu or whatever.  And, hey, if you aren’t into the whole veg thing, add some chicken!  And since I like my food nice and spicy, I added in a kick with some red chiles and sriracha but if you prefer your food milder, skip both of those (hoisin sauce is a nice substitute).

vegetarian pho toppings


1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and halved lengthwise
2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
4 cups of stock (you can use vegetable to make it vegetarian or try chicken stock for a little more flavor)
2 teaspoons of soy sauce
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
Pad Thai Noodles

Toppings (choose any):
Bok Choy
Nappa Cabbage
Chicken if you don’t want vegetarian

Garnishes (choose any):
scallions, chopped
chile pepper, sliced
lime, sliced
bean sprouts
sriracha or hoisin sauce


1. In a large pot, place all of the spices in to dry roast until fragrant. Add stock, onion, carrots, soy sauce and ginger to pot. Bring broth to a boil. then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
2. While broth simmers, make noodles according to package directions.
3. Prepare your desired toppings by steaming the vegetables or cooking the tofu or chicken. Chop garnishes.
4. When broth is ready, add toppings and garnishes as desired. Serve and enjoy!

Notes: Adding chicken stock and cooked chicken to this meal will make it non-vegetarian.   To make it spicy, add chiles and sriracha.  For a milder flavor, skip the chiles and add a bit of hoisin sauce.


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