Clean Vegetable Pho - Parsley Root Noodles with Baked Tofu
Recipe Type: Main
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Serves: 4-5
Substitute noodles with parsley root in this take on the Vietnamese dish Pho.
  • 1 onion cut into quarters
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
  • ½ tbsp. sea salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large parsley root (peeled into slivers)
Baked Tofu:
  • 6 ounces extra firm Tofu
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup broccolini (alternatively, use cauliflower, or broccoli)
  • 1 cup string beans (alternatively, use snap peas)
  • Handful Cilantro chopped (basil or parsley could work too)
  • 3 scallions
  • ½ cup mung bean sprouts
  1. To make broth, start by peeling and cutting onions and carrots. Cut unpeeled ginger into ¼” slices. Place all vegetables and spices, including soy sauce and salt into a large pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour. Strain broth through a sieve, and discard solids. Return broth to pot, and set aside over very low heat until ready to assemble.
  2. If you are using baked tofu, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tofu into ½” slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place in a large baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes. Tofu should be crispy on the edges. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. To prepare noodles, start by washing the parsley root. Cut both ends, and peel outer skin. Using a vegetable peeler, peel away noodle sized pieces. A large parsley root should yield approximately 1 cup of “noodles”.
  4. Clean and slice remaining garnishes as necessary. If desired, you can quickly cook broccolini and string beans in a pot with boiling water for 2-3 minutes to reduce bite.
  5. To assemble pour about 1 cup of broth into separate bowl. Add about ¼ cup of noodles into each bowl, then vegetables, herbs, and additional garnishes. Eat hot. Enjoy!
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