Recipe: Amy’s Paleo Pho
NOTE: Recipes posted prior to February 28, 2013 are not Plant Paleo recipes, including this one.
Angelo absolutely loves Pho – it’s one of his all-time favorite soups. I decided to come up with a Paleo pho recipe, so we could have it at home and so I could send it to work with him for great lunches throughout the week.
So for this recipe, I use a Dutch oven because you can make it all in one pot, the meat gets browned perfectly, and you get all the tasty bits of meaty goodness from the bottom mixed into the pho :). Yum!
This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but it’s also super easy, so please don’t be afraid to try it!
- 2 lbs Chuck roast cut into cubes
- 2 1/2 – 3 lbs Short ribs on the bone
- 1 Pkg Beef marrow bones
- 3 Cups Chicken stock
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut oil
- 2 Yellow onions diced
- 8 stalks of Celery roughly chopped
- 4 Star anise
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 10 Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon grass
- a pinch of Coriander
- a pinch of Chinese 5 spice
- 7 cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1 good sized chunk of Ginger, cut into thick slices
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1/4 Cup of Fish sauce
- enough water to finish filling the Dutch oven
- big square of Cheese cloth
Garnish / Veggies:
- Fresh baby spinach
- 2-3 slices fresh jalapeño
- Chopped Green onions
- Chopped fresh Cilantro
- Chopped fresh Basil
Here’s how I do it:
Place the cheese cloth over a piece of tin foil, and in the middle put the star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, lemon grass, Ginger, coriander, 5 spice, and bay leaves. Tie it up into a nice little sack with some kitchen string,and set aside.
Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees, and in a cast iron skillet (if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can use a cookie sheet covered in tin foil) place the marrow bones Roast the bones for about 20-25 minuets until the bones are a little browned and some of the marrow has melted out of the middle.
While the marrow bones are roasting heat the dutch oven on med-high heat, and starting with the first tablespoon of coconut oil brown the chuck in batches, making sure there is a nice crust on all sides. Continue adding oil as needed setting each batch aside in a bowl as you finish. Do the same with the short ribs being sure to brown on all sides including the bones.
Next brown the onions, when they are nice and tender add the chicken stock, and scrape the bottom of the Dutch oven getting all the yummy bits incorporated into the stock. At this Point add the celery, garlic, marrow bones and liquid, browned meat and any juices that are in that bowl, fish sauce, and sack of spices.
Finish up by filling the Dutch oven nearly the rest of the way with water. Bring to a rolling boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook 4-5 hours or until all the marrow has melted out of the middle of the bones. The broth will reduce to about the level you see here, in the following picture. Finally, if needed, add water for desired soup consistency and add salt and pepper to taste.
To serve I fill a big bowl with pho, spinach, sliced jalapeños, cilantro, basil, and green onions. It’s best when it’s piping hot! Eat up and enjoy!
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