This was perfect when the family was down with colds! The zucchini replaces noodles in the soup and no one even realizes it until you tell them. Add black olives, green onions, more leek, and/or cooked chicken in the last 10 minutes of cooking the pho, if desired. Put cilantro and lime on the table so folks can add more to their dishes. Water crackers or hard-crusted dipping bread are nice on the side. And if anyone is suffering from a head cold, just leaning over their hot bowl inhaling the vapors is soothing therapy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 bowls
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; cook and stir garlic until fragrant and browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to high; add chicken chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add carrots, curry powder, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until carrots are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add lime juice.

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  • Stir zucchini noodles, leek, celery, and mushrooms into broth; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid boils again. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Pile the zucchini noodles and vegetables into each serving bowl using tongs or pasta forks. Ladle broth over them and top with cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Cut the zucchini into noodle shapes using a spiralizing kitchen device or cut into long strips using a mandoline and slice into fettuccine-like strips using a knife.

Substitute the curry powder with turmeric, allspice, and coriander, if desired.

Substitute 1 can mushrooms for the fresh mushrooms, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

149 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 19.3g 6% DV; fat 7.6g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 128mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2020
I made this for my husband who was coming down with a cold. My only complaint is that one batch wasn t enough for the two of us! This recipe is so delicious. My only unintentional change was I used primarily vegetable broth because I thought I had enough chicken broth and didn t. Not sure how much of a difference that makes but this soup is perfect for a cold a cold winter night or anything else! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2020
I made this for my husband who was coming down with a cold. My only complaint is that one batch wasn t enough for the two of us! This recipe is so delicious. My only unintentional change was I used primarily vegetable broth because I thought I had enough chicken broth and didn t. Not sure how much of a difference that makes but this soup is perfect for a cold a cold winter night or anything else! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2019
I made a few changes. Used Asian noodles but added zucchini any way. I cooked the noodles in the stock. It was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
Excellent!! I always try to follow a recipe but ended up adding more broth kale top ramen noodle pkt and topping with green onions. Have 8 servings. But that s just me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2020
I added more lime to give it a tangier flavor. I used a five-spice blend because I didn't have a lot of the seasonings on hand but it turned out to be pretty good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2017
Zucchini was a good substitute for noodle. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2019
This was nice. I added two boneless skinless chicken thighs when the boil started for the carrots. I shredded them and added back in at the end. I used long shreds on the box grater for the zucchini noodles so I added them just briefly at the end. My son the 'foodie' and I both thoroughly enjoyed this for dinner. Update 4/27/19 Just had the frozen soup leftovers and it is still wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2016
Delicious and pretty quick to put together. The flavours are quite enjoyable and the soup is filling. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2019
Great soup! We did half chicken broth and half vegitable broth but next time I will omit the lime juice and use all chicken broth for a more savory taste. We also added about 2 Tbs of soy sauce instead of salt. Best part was my kids are it! Definitely recommend for a quick healthy dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2016
So good.. I don't have my veggie spiralizer yet so I made it with udon noodles omitted the celery added baby bok choy and a dash of a very high quality Caribbean soy sauce. The possibilities are endless. This is a very good base recipe to experiment with! Read More