Cheap and Tasty Vegan Pho Soup


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This post is part of Zoë’s September Recipe Round-Up. Check out her PumpUp recipes here, follow her blog, and follow her on PumpUp @zoedesborough. 

For this recipe, you will need

  • Thumb of ginger, grated or minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, preferably minced
  • 3 green onions (spring onions), finely chopped
  • Mushrooms (the more the merrier!), roughly chopped (Mix it up! Cremini, Portobello, Enoki, King, Oyster, etc.)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 5 cups of low sodium gluten-free veggie/chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • Vermicelli rice noodles, follow instructions on packaging
  • Bok Choy (I use spinach because my grocery store rarely carries Bok Choy) leafy parts, shredded

To garnish

  • Bean sprouts (known to carry E.coli and other gross things, wash them carefully, and since I’m super paranoid, I steam mine in the microwave for 2 minutes before serving them)
  • Coriander
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha
  • Gluten Free Soya Sauce

Chop/grate and prep all your ingredients first, it will make your life much easier. Add a glug of vegetable oil to a large pot on medium heat and add your ginger, garlic, onions, and mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes.

Chop/grate and prep all your ingredients first, it will make your life much easier. Add a glug of vegetable oil to a large pot on medium heat and add your ginger, garlic, onions, and mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes.

Once things have sautéed, water evaporated and mushrooms browned, add your broth and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add vermicelli noodles…depending on the brand, they take between 2 to 5 minutes to cook. Add your green stuff (Bok Choy or spinach) about 1 minute after you added your noodles

To serve

If you have pho bowls, great! If not, you’ll want a deep bowl and serve with the garnishes on the side so everyone can customise their own soup to their own taste!

This is a vegan (unless you use chicken broth) soup, you can totally add pre-cooked chicken, pork, beef, and tofu.

My mom likes adding carrots and other things in hers, but I stick to this recipe… It’s a great substitute to Chicken Noodle Soup.