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This soothing, spiced bowl echoes the long-simmered soup called pho (pronounced "fuh") but uses boxed broth and flank steak. Pull sprigs from the gorgeous, leafy mess of cilantro, mint and basil to season as you slurp.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Freeze flank steak 1 hour to make it easy to slice. Slice as thinly as possible across grain, so that the meat is almost shaved.

  • In a large heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add quartered onion and the ginger, arranging cut sides down. Cook, undisturbed, until beginning to char; turn over and repeat, about 5 minutes total. Add cinnamon, star anise and cloves; cook 1 minute more. Add broth and a few grinds of pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve set over a clean saucepan; discard solids. Stir in fish sauce and sugar.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add noodles and soak about 20 minutes or until softened. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  • Arrange bean sprouts, basil, mint, cilantro, green onions, lime wedges, and jalapeño slices on a large platter.

  • Bring broth back to a rolling boil. Cook noodles in boiling water 5 minutes or according to package directions; drain. Divide noodles among four deep soup bowls. Arrange uncooked beef over noodles; scatter a few shallot slices over beef. Add lime juice to the boiling broth and ladle it into the bowls. (The hot broth is going to cook the beef to rare; make sure it's boiling at the time you ladle it.)

  • Serve soup with the platter of sprouts and herbs for customizing bowls. Serve Sriracha on the side.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; fat 10g; cholesterol 37mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 59g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 4g; sugars 8g; protein 25g; vitamin a 1756IU; vitamin c 38.3mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 7.1mg; vitamin b6 0.4mg; folate 80.5mcg; vitamin b12 2.1mcg; sodium 1005mg; potassium 658mg; calcium 95mg; iron 4.4mg.