Vietnamese-Style Beef & Noodle Broth

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Inspired by pho—traditional Vietnamese soup—this one-pot meal is garnished with crunchy mung bean sprouts and chopped fresh basil. You could also serve it with lime wedges and a bottle of Asian chile sauce, such as sriracha, on the side.

Vietnamese-Style Beef & Noodle Broth
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 pound beef flank steak, very thinly sliced against the grain (see Tip)

  • 4 cups chopped bok choy, (1 small head, about 1 pound)

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 ounces wide rice noodles

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups mung bean sprouts

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or to taste

  1. 6 servings, 1 1/3 cups each

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over high heat. Add beef and cook, stirring often, until just cooked, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate using tongs, leaving the juices in the pot.

  3. Add bok choy to the pot and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add broth and water, cover and bring to a boil. Add noodles and soy sauce; simmer until the noodles are soft, about 4 minutes. Return the beef to the pot and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with bean sprouts and basil. Serve hot.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving
214 Calories
19g Carbohydrates
6g Fat
2g Saturated Fat
3g Monounsaturated Fat
21g Protein
25mg Cholesterol
1g Dietary Fiber
616mg Potassium
523mg Sodium
0g Added Sugars
1 starch
1 vegetable
2 lean meat Exchanges
1 Carbohydrate Servings
Vitamin A (40% daily value)
Zinc (27% dv)
Vitamin C (25% dv)
Potassium (17% dv)

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5 replies

BigAl Sonoma
BigAl Sonoma 2015-04-14 22:07:15 -0500 Report

I can't see someone eating 1/6th of this dish, and with 6g of fat (2g Saturated Fat) per serving, this is not diabetic friendly to me. I would modify this with a lb of firm tofu or tempe, veggie broth instead of chicken broth, two teaspoons of toasted sesame oil instead of canola oil, cook accordingly. It will have less fat and 0 saturated fat and as a meal for two or even one person, it will be much more satisfying.