Pho Dinner in Less Than 20 Minutes

Pho DinnerYour Vietnamese Grandmother Was Right

So everyone in my family is either sick, getting sick, or getting over being sick. The kids are getting over being sick, finally. My husband is sick. really sick. Poor baby. I am getting sick and trying to will myself into not getting worse while I nurse the others back to health. Not sure if I am winning that battle.

I am trying to combat the sickness with hot and spicy Vietnamese Pho. It’s my personal take on the Grandma’s Chicken Soup cure. I figure if nuclear hot, anise seasoned broth doesn’t kill the virus maybe the Sriracha sauce will. That’s stuff can do anything.

I’d like to say that I take the time to make the broth from scratch, but that would be a big, fat lie. I have done it and it makes a delicious stock, but I don’t have the time, nor do I feel well enough to spend multiple hours in the kitchen. I am all for authenticity but, please!

Pacific Foods makes a great ready-made Pho broth base that we carry in our Asian section. I usually use the beef, but the chicken is great too. Because I like the broth to be more beef-y, I add about 2 cups of beef broth to the Pho base, and maybe a little bit more salt. I have also been known to add demi-glace. It depends on your preference.

Just ask our guys in the meat department will slice you some extra-thin meat to cook in the boiling broth. They are happy to do it. I prefer Sirloin but again, it’s up to you.

Whatever your soup cure of choice, I wish you all good health. Get some sleep. Drink liquids. Wash your hands often, and if all else fails you can try a few shots of Sriracha.

How To Make Pho Dinner in Less Than 20 Minutes
This is my go-to recipe for a quick Pho dinner. Yes, I posted it last winter. It is so good I should post it every winter.

1. Pre­pare the fresh ingredients including chopped scallions, cilantro leaves, bean sprouts, basil leaves, lime and jalapeño peppers.

2. Bring Pho Soup Starter to a boil. And add thinly-​​sliced meat (if you wish) and allow it to cook through.

3. Heat pre­cooked rice noodles in the hot broth to finish, and ladle the Pho into large soup bowls.

4. Let everyone choose their favorite fresh mix-​​ins and condiments. Don’t forget the hot sauce! You gotta have the hot sauce…

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