Pho Ginger and Lime Soup


Very healthy soup! I came up with the idea myself and, once I tried it, I knew that I had a winner here. It is somewhat spicy and is very, very good for if you have a cold, would like to warm up in the winter, or to clear your nose.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 48 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 3 mins
8 servings


  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided

  • 1 (4 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped, or to taste

  • 3 quarts chicken broth

  • 1 large red onion, diced

  • 2 cups sliced carrots

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 6 limes, juiced, divided

  • 1 (9 ounce) package udon noodles

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed

  • 1 leek, cut into matchstick-size pieces

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a large pot over low heat; cook and stir ginger in the hot oil for 10 minutes. Pour chicken broth over ginger, cover pot, and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Stir onion and carrots into broth and simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Gradually add curry powder, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to broth; stir in jalapeno pepper and half the lime juice. Simmer broth over low heat, stirring about every 15 minutes, until flavors have blended, about 1 hour.

  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Drop udon in a few noodles at a time and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes; drain.

  4. Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir chicken in the hot oil until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to broth and stir leek and green onion into broth; simmer for 5 to 10 more minutes. Remove pot from heat.

  5. Portion udon noodles into each serving bowl; ladle broth over noodles. Add remaining lime juice to each serving.

Cook's Notes:

Generally it will be a very chunky soup, but you can cut all the ingredients however you would like. I do recommend the chunky though; it's much more satisfying that way.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
4g Fat
31g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 1702mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 340mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.