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Pho: Vietnamese Soup

I’ve always dreamt of making my own “elaborate” broth for pho and this week I made those dreams come true! 5A5405A1-EBAD-4C6C-82B6-4C05EA217601

Pho broth ingredients

This broth was actually very easy to make with my pressure cooker. My pressure cooker only holds 6 quarts, and it was over half filled with bones etc… but I wanted LOTS of broth for lunch tomorrow and to freeze for later… so I made 3 batches all with the same base ingredients! All in all it was easy to keep production going once I started. 

  1. I measured out 3 ramekins with all the spices for 3 separate batches. 
  2. When one batch was finished cooking and it was time to do an exchange, I poured the contents of my pressure cooker into a pot with a strainer.
  3. I strained and removed the solids.
  4. I then placed the bones, beef brisket, ginger, and whatever remained of the onion (it basically disintegrates) back into my pressure cooker.
  5. Added a new onion, the premeasured spices, fish sauce, and water to fill line.
  6. Start process over again!
  7. After the second batch of broth finished, I removed one half slab of my brisket so I could start eating – I was too impatient. I continued cooking the 3rd batch with only half of the brisket in the pressure cooker.
Boiling the bones to remove scum
First batch completed in pressure cooker
Strained bones, brisket, ginger, and onion
Gorgeous first batch of broth

Once you are finally ready to eat and enjoy the fruits of your labor, you can build your bowl however you’d like. I’ve listed the toppings I used on my pho down below. I’ve also used jalapeño, Thai chili peppers, and scallions.

In the ingredient list here I will put the equivalent to 1 batch of broth in my 6 quart pressure cooker. If you want more than one batch, I have denoted the ingredients you will need to increase. Each batch yielded approximately 8 cups of broth (that’s a really rough estimate since I actually did not measure any of my yields). It gave me about 6-7 bowls of soup in each batch if that is a more accurate measure for you. 1CCB6C39-2FD3-4277-961C-25FDDA7172F9

Broth Ingredients:

  • 2.5lbs beef brisket cut in half
  • 1.5lbs pork neck bones
  • 2lbs beef marrow bones
  • 4” ginger root, peeled and halved
  • 1 large onion, halved (per batch)
  • 5-6 whole cloves (per batch)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander (per batch)
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom (per batch)
  • 3/4 tsp anise seed (per batch)
  • 2 tsp salt (per batch)
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar (per batch)
  • 5-6 tbsp fish sauce (per batch)
  • Water

Pho Ingredients:

  • 12oz Rice noodle
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced and soaking in cold water 
  • Bean sprouts
  • Thai basil
  • Mint
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges 
  • Chili garlic paste or sriracha


Place marrow and neck bones in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes to clean the loose scum off the bones. Drain and rinse. 

Place all the broth ingredients in your pressure cooker and fill with water to max fill line. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour, then allow for natural pressure release for 15 minutes before a manual release. 

With oven mitts, carefully pour the contents of your pressure cooker into a pot with a strainer. Strain and remove the solids, placing the bones, beef brisket, ginger, and whatever remains of the onion (it basically disintegrates) back into your pressure cooker. Add a new onion, the new premeasured spices, fish sauce, and water to the max fill line. Repeat cooking process if you choose to make a second batch.

Set the broth in your fridge to cool so the fat rises to the surface. Skim the fat when you are able. Reheat broth and top with ingredients as you please.

Enjoy! 😀

Don’t forget to tag #whatsinbreesbelly to show me what you’ve made! 

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