My friend Jessica has for years taunted me with her recipe for 'shortcut pho,' so called because of her love for cheap ingredients. A proper pho takes days to make, mostly because of the traditional French approach to making beef stock.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine beef stock, chicken stock, lime juice, onion, cilantro, basil, lemongrass paste, red pepper flakes, cumin, garam masala, ginger, and white pepper in a stockpot. Add steak and shrimp; simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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  • While soup is cooking, prepare noodles about 30 minutes into the process. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil and add noodles. Boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain, rinse, and add to the soup. Stir in bean sprouts and season with salt.

Cook's Notes:

Use one 14 -ounce can bean sprouts instead of fresh sprouts if desired.

Use any cut of beef you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

493 calories; protein 31.7g; carbohydrates 59.1g; fat 13.5g; cholesterol 121.8mg; sodium 693.9mg. Full Nutrition
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