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Pho Noodle Soup

Pho Inspired Noodle Soup

Pho Noodle Soup

Yield: 10 servings of 2 cups


5 quarts water

1 onion, whole

4 stalks lemongrass

2 carrots, cut in half

1 cup dried mushrooms

1 Pho Soup Spice Packet

4-inch piece of ginger, whole, unpeeled

10 packages dried ramen or rice noodles

Possible Garnishes

Shredded carrot


Bean sprouts


Instructions for adults:

In an 8-quart stock pot, bring water to a boil. Control heat and tend to the pot. Assist kids with stirring the pot.

Instructions for kids:

  • Place onion, lemongrass, and ginger in a dry pan over medium-high heat to char for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown on all sides. 
  • Add charred onion, lemongrass, ginger, carrots and mushrooms to the pot.
  • Add the spice packet. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Place one ramen square into a bowl. Pour 2 cups of broth over the noodles and let stand until the noodles are soft.
  • Add any garnish you desire. Serve and enjoy!
  • Leftover broth can be refrigerated in an airtight container for a week or frozen for a month.


Pho Soup Spice Packet

Yield: 1 packet makes 5 quarts broth


1 Tablespoon whole cloves

2 black cardamom pods

2 star anise pods    

1 cinnamon stick

6 pieces of licorice bark

1 teaspoon fennel seed


Tea bag or cheesecloth

Kitchen twine

Instructions for adults:

Assist where needed.

Instructions for kids:

  • Add all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Place in tea bag or piece of cheesecloth and tie shut with kitchen twine.
  • Store in a cool, dry place. The seasoning will keep for several weeks.


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