30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

Easy Vegan Pho

For the last few months, Aaron and I have been making a concerted effort to get out of our usual food ruts and try new recipes. We’ve been gravitating towards meals we would order at restaurants or get as take-out, and trying our hand at simplifying them into homemade versions that are easy enough to tackle on busy weeknights. That’s how our favorite Tofu Banh Mi Bowl came to be, and also how this easy Vegan Pho made its way to the top of our must-make list.

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

I am such a fan of broth-y soups, especially when they involve chewy rice noodles and finely sliced vegetables. I had previously held off on making pho because I’m by no means an expert in Vietnamese cooking and I was a little intimidated by the broth. If you’re a regular reader, you might also remember that while I love vegetables, I don’t have much patience for anything other than rough chopping them. That all changed late last year when I received the Börner V5 PowerLine Mandolin (which I swear by whenever I make Banh Mi Bowls) and their Roko Julienne Slicer. For today’s recipe, I was able to use the Roko to julienne ginger and carrots in under 5 minutes, and dice an onion so fast I didn’t even shed a single tear! Another happy result was that because I was able to slice my veggies really thin, all of their flavor was extracted with a quick simmer and my broth ended up becoming very flavorful in hardly any time at all.

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

Initially I wasn’t sure how much I could simplify vegan pho without compromising on taste. In the end, both Aaron and I were blown away with how awesome this recipe turned out. I love the unique flavor that the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon stick lend, the noodle-y texture of the julienned carrots, the vibrant green bok choy, and the meaty sliced shiitake mushrooms. We like to top ours with baked tofu for protein, lots of bean sprouts, chopped fresh cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime, and sriracha for heat. This is one of those meals that has all of the great flavors of your favorite restaurant version, but it’s prepared in a really wholesome way and for a fraction of the cost. It turns out that it is possible to make delicious vegan pho at home, and in 30 minutes to boot.

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe


The giveaway has ended.

Börner is generously giving away their Roko PowerLine Julienne Slicer to one lucky P&H reader! We love this tool for making quick soups, salads, and thin vegetable “noodles.” To enter, simply like Börner on Facebook and follow them on Instagram, then visit their website and leave a comment on this post letting me know which color you’d most like to win!

I’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday, March 3rd at 12pm ET. Please note that the giveaway is open to US residents. Good luck!

Can’t wait to get your hands on a Börner slicer? Use coupon code “picklesnhoney” to get 10% off your purchase!

A quick PSA: For anyone considering adding the Roko (or other Börner slicer) to your kitchen tool collection, make sure you always use their Food Safety Holder with it. The blades are razor sharp, and while amazing for slicing even the toughest of vegetables, they can do a real number on your fingers. Please be safe! (okay, mom speech over)


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Easy Vegan Pho

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

Easy Vegan Pho

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 2


Cook Time: 30 mins

Easy vegan pho made from simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes! Top with baked tofu for protein, bean sprouts, cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime, and sriracha for heat. This vegetable pho is extra quick and flavorful!

30 Minute Vegan Pho | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pho #recipe

Easy Vegan Pho

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Ingredients

For the pho:

  • 2 star anise
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • one 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, julienned
  • 2 small carrots, julienned
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 small baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise into quarters
  • sea salt and pepper

For serving:

  • 4 ounces flat rice noodles, cooked
  • baked tofu
  • bean sprouts
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime slices
  • sriracha

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 2

Cook Time: 30 mins

Easy vegan pho made from simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes! Top with baked tofu for protein, bean sprouts, cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime, and sriracha for heat. This vegetable pho is extra quick and flavorful!

Instructions

  • In a medium pot over low heat, dry roast the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Add the vegetable broth, onion, garlic, and ginger. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and return the broth back to the pot.
  • Add the carrots, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and green onions. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the bok choy. Simmer for 2-3 more minutes, or until fork tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the cooked rice noodles between two bowls, then portion the pho over the noodles. Top with tofu, bean sprouts, cilantro, lime slices, and sriracha.

Notes [3]

Feel free to replace the baby bok choy with another green vegetable. Broccoli and cabbage also work well.

Instead of tofu, try edamame for protein.

If you like your pho extra spicy, top it with a thinly sliced jalapeño pepper.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Catherine says

    I’ve been wanting to try making Pho at home! I love getting it out, but it would be nice to make it at home for myself. I also appreciate that this recipe is approachable for the home cook and vegan – Vietnamese food can be intimidating! I love the white powerline Roko. It looks like a handy kitchen tool!

  2. Sj Dc says
  3. Lisa Richardson says

    I’d love to win a purple or green slicer! Thanks for the recipe, my mom’s vegetarian, so now she can enjoy pho too!

    1. Congrats, Lisa! You won the julienne slicer giveaway! Send me an email (amanda@picklesnhoney.com) with your mailing address and the color you’d like and I’ll send it over to the brand. 🙂

  4. Amanda says

    This looks delicious!
    And RED for the Roko!

  5. Andrea Harris says

    Would love the green! I have a family of vegetarians. This would make julienning so much easier!

  6. Sara Ryan says

    OOOHH!!! I would love the white one 🙂 Thank you very much!

  7. Mary says

    What a great kitchen tool! I would pick the white one. Thanks!

  8. Cathy says

    Purple, please! Great giveaway.

  9. Lucy says

    I know what I’ll be making for dinner tonight! 😉 I would really love to have the green julienne slicer. Thanks Amanda!

  10. Steve says

    The red one all the way. Looks great.

  11. Carol says

    The orange one because it’s my favorite color and so happy looking. 🙂

  12. Angela says

    Beautiful photos! I always order pho when I go out and now I know how to make my own at home! Thanks for that. Also, the white is my favorite color.

  13. Brenda says

    I’m glad you told me about these kitchen tools. I have one mandolin I bought a while ago but it collects dust because the blades aren’t very sharp anymore. The Roko sounds VERY sharp. I would love to win the purple.

  14. Faith says

    Love Pho!!! Thank you for sharing! Hope I win!

  15. Ashley says

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I like, follow and checked the site and would be thrilled to win any of those colors!

  16. Bianca says

    This recipe looks incredible! Your photos are so vibrant and I love your writing. I would be so happy to win that julienne slicer in white!

  17. Karen says

    I would be so excited to win the purple one!

  18. Stefani Akins says

    I think the lime green one is just gorgeous. And now that I’ve bookmarked this recipe, I’m putting it on next week’s meal plan. Thanks!

  19. Starla says

    That looks so delicious and it’s crazy how thin those carrots are! I would absolutely love this in the color white. I liked on FB, username: Starla Bates, followed on insta. Username _ifancythat

  20. Rachael Maurais says

    I love this recipe. Your site always inspires me to try new recipes. It would be amazing to win the white colored slicer. Thanks so much!

  21. Karlie says

    Yay! I would love to win orange!

  22. Lauren S. says

    Gosh this is a beautiful recipe. And those veggies! I’m impressed with how thin the Borner tool made them. I’ve used mandolins and spiralizers before but never seen anything like the roko. I would LOVE to win the white!

  23. Staci says

    I would pick purple! Thanks for the giveaway and recipe!

  24. Jacky says

    I’d love the purple one! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!

  25. Andrea H. says

    Would love the green! I have a family of vegetarians. This would make
    julienning so much easier! Thanks

  26. Kyle says

    The white one! It looks so clean.

  27. Sophia says

    This peeler looks awesome! Every time I try to julienne with my current peeler, the veggies always get stuck and I inevitably hurt my fingers trying to get them out. I’m digging the purple!

  28. Kristi says

    I would like to win the orange slicer.

  29. Mary says

    I would like one in every color! hahaha The Borner slicer sound amazing. I think I’d go with the green. 🙂

  30. Cara says

    I love the green slicer. It reminds me of Spring!

  31. Anna says

    Pho sho I want to win this! lol 😉 I like the white one. Thanks for the recipe!

  32. Taylor says

    I made this noodle soup last night and like you said, I was blown away by how delicious it was. Sadly, there were no leftovers today. 🙂 I would love to be able to get my vegetables that thin. The white julienne is my favorite.

  33. Beth says

    Just found your blog through Facebook. Great recipes. I want to win purple!

  34. carol clark says
  35. MC says

    Beautiful! I would love to win the green one!

  36. Jordan D. says

    following on instagram and facebook. I could really use one of these slicers. I’d love the purple!

  37. Steph says
  38. Christine L says
  39. Hannah says

    I bet this pho is a cinch with the julienne tool! I would love to win it in white. Thank you!

  40. Annette says

    I’d like to win the red.

  41. Kate says

    Looks incredible, Amanda + Aaron! I would love the white slicer. 🙂

  42. Kim says

    I would love the purple color! Thanks for the opportunity to win. <3

  43. Michelle says

    Green! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway! I love your blog.

  44. Susan Christy says
  45. Thecla says

    Oooo, this looks good! I love asian noodles!

  46. Helen says

    I would love to win the white! Thanks for the opportunity, Amanda!

  47. Kayla I. says

    Love the green color!

  48. Alice says

    Totally genius recipe, Amanda! You’ve made pho seem so easy. (and the purple is my favorite) <3

  49. Nicollette D. says

    They’re all beautiful. I like purple the best– there’s no purple in my kitchen (except grapes, of course!)

  50. Green or white for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Jaclyn Reynolds says

    Would love the orange color!!

  52. Jackie says

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to win the green!

  53. Kimm says

    I would love green!!!!!

  54. Lydia Claire says

    I would choose white!

  55. Corrine says

    The colors are really pretty but white would look best in my kitchen. =)

  56. Alexa says

    Amazing recipe! I made it yesterday and I can’t wait to make it again. It would be even better with a white roko. 😉

  57. Lynne says

    The orange one because it’s my favorite color!

  58. Taylor says

    Purple please! (love your blog, btw)

  59. Lauren N. says

    The white because my kitchen is white. 🙂 Thanks Amanda!

  60. Maddie says

    This pho could not be any more beautiful. I’m planning to make it tonight, although I doubt mine will be as pretty. 😉 I would love to win the white slicer. Thanks Amanda.

  61. Ali says

    The green because it reminds me of Spring!

  62. Steph R. says

    You make the most wonderful recipes Amanda. This one is right up my alley and I love that you make it so simple and approachable. I would most like to win the white roko.

  63. Steph R. says

    P.S. I made your gf & vegan banana bread for my daughter’s classroom this week and the kids loved it.

  64. Mabeth says

    This looks delicious, I definitely will try it

    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think if you give it a try. 🙂

      1. Mabeth says

        I will try it this weekend, it’s been very cold in Mexico City and this sounds like the perfect meal

      2. This soup is PERfECT on chilly days!

      3. Mabeth says

        It was delicious, thanks for the recipe

      4. That’s so great to hear!

  65. Jennifer says
  66. Viviana says

    Looks amazing and so easy!!

    1. This is definitely an easy recipe, and yet the flavors are pretty bangin’! 🙂

  67. Babsy Jean says

    Hi, just saw your recipe for vegan pho on Pinterst. I’ve made chicken pho but am interested in using more vegetarian recipes. What brand of vegetable broth do you like to use? There are so many to choose from, but I’m sure that some of them must taste better.
    Thanks, Babsy Jean

  68. Aaron says

    This was delicious!

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  69. Lee says

    Hi Amanda, regarding the amount of ginger, is that a 12-inch piece of ginger or one 2-inch piece of ginger? (I love ginger, but 12 inches seems like waaay too much, even for my palate!) Thanks!

    1. Amanda says

      One 2-inch piece of ginger. 🙂

  70. Ashley says

    This recipe looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it out!

    One question – would this work well as leftovers, assuming that I cook the noodles fresh the second day? Or are there other components (the vegetables?) that need to be cooked fresh?

    1. Amanda says

      I think this will be excellent as leftovers! Soup is usually better the following day(s). 🙂 As you noted, I would either cook the noodles fresh the next day, or cook them in advance but keep them separate from the broth so they don’t absorb too much liquid and become mushy.

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