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Pho Ginger and Lime Soup

Rated as 3.82 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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2 h 3 m servings 225
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  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; 4 30.6 15.8 37 1702 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Delicious! I added mushrooms also, because we love them and went perfect!

Most helpful critical review

Not a lot of depth of flavor for the amount of time it takes to prepare (simmer)

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Delicious! I added mushrooms also, because we love them and went perfect!

Good,light and fragrant soup. I would only add a teaspoon of cayenne next time A tablespoon is too much.

This broth was out of this world! I just followed the broth recipe and then threw in brown rice and lentils. I will use this broth base/spice combo repeatedly!

This was good. Instead of pho I spiralised zucchini and sweet potato for noodles, and used habanero instead of jalapeno. I also reduced the amount of chicken and increased the amount of leek/on...

Not a lot of depth of flavor for the amount of time it takes to prepare (simmer)

I was so excited to make this soup! Our family loves Pho. After working hard for 2 hours and following the recipe exactly, I was SO disappointed. It was way too spicy for Pho, for anything reall...

Delicious but 1tbsp of cayenne is too much. I didn’t add the jalapeño. Next time I will either leave out the cayenne or just do 1/8 tsp. Delicious!!!!!

This is one of the yummiest soups we've ever had. We only added a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper as we don't like that much heat. It is at the top of my soup catalog now. You should try this re...

I agree with the other reviewers. This soup is super spicy! Way to hot, it burns my lips and my tongue. It’s a lot of work and there was no way my kids would go near it. My husband liked it but...