Vietnamese Pho Recipe
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Vietnamese Pho Recipe for the Crock Pot

Vietnamese Pho RecipeI have been trying to find more uses for my Crock Pot than the typical pulled meats and my son suggested his signature dish of pho. Why of course! Pho broth has to be cooked over a long period of time and when you do it on the stove top, your liquid evaporates. Diluting your pho broth is a huge no no when making pho so this might be the perfect marriage of pho making!

Normally, the slower you cook the ingredients the clearer your broth will be. So far this broth is WAY clearer than the stove top version AND… there is not cooking slime that needs to be skimmed off the top. SCORE!

Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Above is Spencer double checking his recipe to make sure he has all the ingredients. I asked for a reference site to link back to but he said that he Frankensteined several recipes together to come up with the one below. {And yes, we have had some that he developed that were a little… off.}

We use chicken broth for ours and do not use the traditional method of cooking beef bones to get the deep rich flavor. With this recipe, you have a complex flavor without the use of beef.

Vietnamese Pho Recipe So tonight we are making Vietnamese food {and I few Thai recipes tossed in}! Here is what my family has on the menu for our family game night dinner:

  • Asian Cucumber Salad
  • Vegetarian Pho Soup {you can use the chicken or vegetable broth}
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls
  • Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Thai Fried Rice

Kitchen tips & help:

  • Preparing leeks {yes, there is a special way to wash them}

Now are you ready for some amazing flavors to meld together to bring you pho in your own kitchen?

WARNING: Make sure your slow cooker is big enough to hold the 6 cans of broth AND the vegetables.


Vietnamese Pho Recipe

I love the smell of the spices after Spencer toasts them in a pan. What a wonderful combination of not only flavors for the pho but smells too.

We normally strain ours through cheesecloth to help make it more clear but the family was impatient and just wanted to eat {hence the lack of creative photos too}. Each family member likes to place different items in their pho and below are some of the ingredients we use:

  • Rice noodles
  • Hoison sauce
  • Plum sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers
  • Sliced green onions {white and green parts}
  • Thinly sliced white onion
  • Basil

Vietnamese Pho Recipe

Vietnamese Pho Recipe

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Pho Recipe for the Crock Pot
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Serves: 4
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon five spice
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 1 medium onion, yellow & cut in ½
  • 3" of ginger root, slightly peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 leek, green leafy part & partial white {washed}
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cut in half {not seeded}
  • 6 cans {14.5 ounce} chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  1. In a small pan add the cloves, coriander seeds, five spice, and cinnamon piece to toast lightly
  2. Add toasted spices to the bottom of the Crock Pot
  3. Microwave the onion, ginger, and garlic for 30 seconds
  4. Separate the onion layers and add to Crock Pot
  5. Cut the ginger into smaller pieces and add to Crock Pot
  6. Slice carrots into 1" pieces and add to Crock Pot
  7. Add the leek and the jalapeno pepper
  8. Pour in the chicken brother over the vegetables
  9. Add the soy sauce and the sugar
  10. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour
  11. Turn to low and cook an additional 3 hours
  12. Strain {if desired} and serve with favorite pho accompaniments


Vietnamese Pho Recipe

So no photos tonight of Buster {he’s busy chewing on the tree} but I did one of the family as we were at the end of din din.

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    • Menu of Musings says

      Homemade pho is one of our new favorites – we enjoy in restaurants but didn’t realize how easy it is to make at home

  1. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says

    Do you know, I’ve never had Vietnamese food? But your recipe looks so easy, being able to cook it in the slow cooker, that I think we will have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!

  2. says

    Nice! I love that he frankenstein recipes together to make one. That is my favorite way to try new recipes. I can’t wait to try this recipe in the crock pot.

  3. Barb @ A Life in Balance says

    Looks like a fun dinner! I am really bad about using my crockpot. I never considered making soup in it, beyond making chicken stock.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and fun at Motivation Monday!

  4. says

    I popped in from the Crock-Pot ladies link up.
    This looks fantastic!!! Oh my word.
    I am pinning this and putting it on the menu for next week.
    Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Antionette Blake says

    Yes, I too would have never thought of using a Crock Pot for this, thank you Spencer! Thank you for linking up with us at the #WWDParty, I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  6. says

    I am always looking for something new and easy to make for lunches during the week. This is for sure something I could make on Sunday and have it ready to go for a tasty lunch through out the week. Thank you for sharing:)

  7. says

    I’ve never had Pho before, but it sounds delicious…and making it in the crock pot is my kind of cooking! I use our crock pot for EVERYTHING! We are going to have to try it.

  8. Cyann says

    I’m thinking of putting all the spices in cheese cloth and cooking chicken breast along with everything. Trying this tomorrow. I am super excited because we just moved from Seattle to Montana and pho is nonexistent here!

  9. says

    G’day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
    Please make sure to return if you haven’t already to G’day to the hosts and someone at the party! Cheers!
    Joanne @ What’s On The List

  10. says

    What a great idea! We love to go out for Pho, the simple warmth of this soup is fantastic and we all like to customize it differently. It’s never occurred to me to make it at home due to the time consuming process of cooking the broth. Thanks for simplifying, we will be having this at home soon!

  11. says

    Slow cooker pho? Seriously? Such a thing exists? I LOVE pho! It’s deliciously warming and full of flavor. I can’t wait to try this. Pinning Thanks for linking up with #FoodieFridays this week!


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