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Vietnamese-Inspired Beef Noodle Soup

Inspired by Vietnamese pho, this Americanized beef noodle soup combines rice noodles, beef and fresh herbs in a simple pantry-based beef broth.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Vietnamese
Keyword: bean sprouts, pho, rice noodles, star anise
Servings: 4
Calories: 572kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 striploin steaks
  • 375 g rice noodles


  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • fresh basil (or Thai basil)
  • fresh mint
  • bean sprouts
  • green onions, sliced
  • lime cut into wedges


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pot with fitted lid on med-high heat. Saute onion, garlic and ginger for 2-3 min, until fragrant and softened.
  • Add soy sauce, lime juice, sriracha, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise stirring to combine. Add broth, bringing to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. During this time, garnishes can be chopped and prepared.
  • After preparing garnishes, slice steak very thinly across the grain and set aside with other garnishes. Optionally, you can sear steak for 1-2 minutes per side if you don't want to add the beef to the broth when it's raw (it will cook in the hot broth if sliced thinly enough).
  • Drain broth into a large pot using a mesh strainer, then put pot with broth back on high heat, bringing to a boil. Add rice noodles, cooking for 1-2 minutes. If possible, remove noodles from the broth to prevent them from soaking up the broth. This is especially important if you want leftovers - store the broth and noodles separately in this case.
  • Serve the soup in large bowls with noodles, broth, steak, and garnishes. Beef will cook as it sits in broth. Enjoy!



Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 2130mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg