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Turkey Pho {Leftover Turkey Makeovers}

Author Rebecca Lindamood


For 1 quart of the Broth:

  • 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick roughly broken
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 quart turkey or chicken
  • 1 piece of ginger 3-inch size, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions or green onions reserve the green parts for garnishing the soup, white parts only
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

For assembling and garnishing each bowl of Pho:

  • 1-5 slices fresh jalapeno pepper depending on your spice tolerance
  • 1 handful pho rice noodles soaked or cooked according to package directions
  • several thin slices of leftover turkey or shredded leftover turkey meat
  • 1 generous handful bean sprouts
  • sliced scallions or green onions to taste green parts only
  • several sprigs of fresh basil
  • sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 1-3 lime wedges
  • sriracha and/or hoisin sauce to taste


  • Place a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium low heat. Add all of the spices and stir them until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully add the stock or broth; it will sputter quite a bit. Turn the heat to high and add the remaining broth ingredients. When it reaches a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into another saucepot or soup pot. Keep it at a simmer while you assemble your bowls and garnishes.

To Assemble and Garnish Each Bowl of Pho:

  • Lay desired amount of jalapeno slices in the bottom of each bowl. Top with a generous amount of rice noodles. Lay the turkey over the noodles and pour the boiling broth over top. Give a quick stir to help heat the turkey, then pile on bean sprouts, sliced scallions (green onions), basil, and cilantro. Squeeze a couple of lime wedges and let them rest in the broth to lend to the flavour. Serve with sriracha and/or hoisin sauce. It's best to serve this the traditional way: with chopsticks AND a soup spoon. You can use a fork in lieu of chopsticks if you wish. Slurping is encouraged!