The students at Jackson Elementary in Saint Paul helped create an Easy Pho Recipe for the days when we don’t have more than an hour to cook together. They gave this recipe the thumbs up last week in their Youth Farm after school program and we are sure you will too!


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 piece peeled ginger
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • precooked rice noodles (about a handful for each bowl)


  • bean sprouts,
  • basil leaves,
  • thinly sliced jalepeño
  • siracha sauce
  • hoisin sauce
  • fish sauce


  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion, cut side down, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden, 3–4 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups water, broth, star anise, and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 7–8 minutes.  simmer 2 minutes. Add scallion. Season with a pinch of salt.
  • Meanwhile, wash 1 cup bean sprouts, chop up basil, and one jalapeño pepper if you like spicy food (you can leave this out)
  • Put noodles in your bowl.
  • Take out the ginger, garlic, star anise, and cinnamon and throw them in your garbage bowl. Compost any veggie scraps and  ladle broth into bowls. Garnish with bean sprouts, basil and jalapeño . You can also add siracha (spicy), hoisin (sweet), and fish sauce (savory sauce).

*serves 4-5 people