Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy vegetarian pho is a simple take on the classic Vietnamese noodle soup made with spices, shiitakes & bok choy. Weeknight-friendly, vegan, gluten free.

Easy Vegetarian Pho

Ingredients
  1. 2 star anise
  2. 1 cinnamon stick
  3. 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  4. ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  5. 5 cups water
  6. ½ small yellow onion, cut into 1” chunks
  7. 2 garlic cloves
  8. 1 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced in half
  9. 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and reserved
  10. 3 tablespoons tamari
  11. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  12. 2 scallions, finely chopped
  13. 2 baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise into quarters
  14. ½ cup edamame (or protein of your choice)
  15. 4 ounces rice noodles

toppings:
  1. lime slices
  2. mung bean sprouts
  3. fresh basil leaves
  4. chile sauce (sambal or sriracha)

Instructions
  • In a medium pot over low heat, combine the star anise, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and cloves and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the water, onion, garlic, ginger, and the stems of the shiitake mushrooms. Simmer for 20 minutes, then strain and return the liquid back to the pot.
  • Slice the shiitake mushroom caps and add them to the pot along with the tamari, rice vinegar, and scallions.