30 Minute Vegetarian Pho

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My daughter loves this soup and wanted to make some at home that fit her vegan lifestyle.  I agreed to help her out and this dish didn’t disappoint.  While she wasn’t sure it had the exact flavor she was hoping for in a pho recipe, it was good and we all enjoyed it.

vegetarian pho

30 Minute Vegetarian Pho

Michele Bergh
This easy-to-make pho soup is sure to delight all who try it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 64 oz vegetable broth if you didn’t want vegan, you could use chicken or beef and I also recommend a low-sodium, if you can find it
  • 6 green onions sliced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter we used vegan butter
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms remove stems
  • 1 1/2 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 14 oz rice noodles cooked
  • 8 oz bean sprouts
  • fresh cilantro basil, lime for serving


  • Combine vegetable broth, onions, ginger and salt in a large pot.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add mushrooms and saute for about 6 minutes or until tender – stir frequently.
  • Add in hoisin sauce and sesame oil and cook until the the sauce thickens.
  • Once the sauce thickens, cook for about 1 minute more, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Divide the noodles between 4 to 6 large bowls.
  • Add even amounts of the broth.
  • Add bean sprouts, mushrooms and other fresh ingredients to taste.

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Disclaimer: While I know we have become a very visual world and an image of the food that’s been prepared from a recipe can be very appealing, I remember a day when good ole’ Betty Crocker was the best cookbook out there and had no pictures by any of the recipes. We used that baby like there was no tomorrow…trusting that it would turn out great. I have found remember AND getting a good photo of my food is quite a challenge and I don’t want that to hold me back from sharing here so I’ll be kickin’ it old school and not necessarily be including an exact picture of the finished product. If I’ve got one, it will definitely be here. Otherwise, I’ll be using a mindfully chosen image of some of the ingredients included or something similar. If you don’t see an image here of the finished product, read the ingredients, close your eyes and imagine everything blending together into one wonderful dish for you to enjoy! Don’t let the lack of a picture hold you back in the kitchen. Be creative and have fun!!

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