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EASY & QUICK FAUX PHO
4 star anise
Bring to a boil 2 cups College Inn or Swanson Beef Broth and 2 cups water.
Simmer 5 minutes and strain.
In a large bowl, place:
1/4 small yellow onion, sliced in slivers
Pour the broth into the bowl and garnish with:
2 small red chillies sliced, if you want it HOT
The above recipe makes a commercial broth more flavorful and nuanced, but it is not like a homemade pho broth.
ASIAN SPICED SHRIMP ASPARAGUS SOUP
32 oz box of Swanson low fat chicken broth
Heat the broth to boiling, and add the lemon grass, lime leaves, tamarind paste and galangal to the pot.
Strain the clear broth into another pan. Discard the spice sticks and roots.
To the clear broth, add:
A handful of raw shrimp with heads and tails on, for flavor
Stir together and turn off heat. Throw on top (do not stir in:)
A handful of chopped asparagus
The heat of the broth will cook the shrimp in 5 minutes, especially with the cap of greens under the pot lid.
Prepare your serving bowl by adding
The juice of one-half lime
The tamarind paste makes it sour. You can substitute white vinegar for the tamarind but it will only add sourness and not the full flavor you want to use the tamarind for.
ASIAN SPICED SHRIMP, SPINACH
Recipe for Authentic Homemade Beef Pho Broth