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    Fish and meat often figure prominently in the Vietnamese meal-in-a-bowl soup known as pho, but there are traditional and fine vegetarian options, chief among them this broth made from soy sauce and a blend of spices like star anise and cinnamon. All that’s required is a willingness to invest in making the broth and a few additional toppings and you’ll be handsomely rewarded.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons good-quality vegetable oil
    • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
    • 1 head garlic, cloves separated but unpeeled
    • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into coins
    • Salt
    • Pinch sugar
    • 3 or 4 star anise pods
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
    • 6 cups vegetable stock
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce, plus more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 pound mushrooms (any kind), trimmed
    • 8 ounces thin rice vermicelli
    • 6 cups boiling water
    • 4 scallions, sliced, for garnish
    • 2 or 3 limes, cut into wedges, for garnish
    • Additional toppings as you like (see the list that follows)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 carrots, sliced
    • 4 celery stalks (plus any vegetable leaves), sliced
    • 2 onions, quartered (don't bother to peel!)
    • 2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 head garlic (separate the cloves but don't bother to peel)
    • 1 pound white button mushrooms, trimmed and halved or sliced
    • Salt and pepper
    • 10–20 parsley sprigs

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 478 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 16 g 24.28%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 10.11%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 2044 mg 85.15%
    • Calcium: 63 mg 6.33%
    • Potassium: 789 mg 22.55%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 2 mg 12.6%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 76 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 7 g 26.76%
    • Sugar: 21 g
    • Protein: 12 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 3.04%
    • Vitamin C 28.45%
    • Vitamin D 2.98%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit1
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch3
    • Exchange - Vegetables4
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total2 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total3 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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