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Beef Pho

Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
37 min
20 min
17 min
This traditional Vietnamese dish is a fragrant combination of beef, seasonings and fresh vegetables. It's served over rice noodles and then covered with broth.


uncooked lean trimmed sirloin beef

¾ pound(s)

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

canola oil

2 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 cup(s), chopped

canned beef broth

4 cup(s), reduced-sodium

cinnamon stick(s)

2 average

star anise

1 tsp, 2 star anise pods


½ tsp, black, about 10 peppercorn

fish sauce

1½ Tbsp, Asian

packaged rice noodles

4 oz, dried, flat

uncooked scallion(s)

3 medium, white and light green parts, thinly sliced

fresh radish(es)

4 medium, thinly sliced


¼ cup(s), chopped, fresh

fresh lime(s)

1 item(s), cut into 4 wedges


  1. Heat ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steak with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place steak on grill pan and cook until browned and instant-read thermometer inserted into center of steak registers 145⁰F for medium, 6−8 minutes per side. Transfer steak to cutting board and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add broth, cinnamon sticks, star anise, peppercorns, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in fish sauce.
  3. Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and divide among individual shallow bowls.
  4. Remove cinnamon sticks, star anise, and peppercorns from beef mixture. Slice beef very thinly against the grain into about 20 slices. Layer beef over noodles. Top beef with scallions, radishes, and cilantro. Ladle remaining broth and onions over dishes and serve with lime wedges.

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