This low-carb soup will keep you coming back for more!

Making use of fantastic fragrant ingredients, this pho soup is sure to impress! It’s not often we get to use star anise and cinnamon in a recipe, so making this was a treat. But most importantly, it was delicious! If you are looking for a unique, tasty, but still low-carb recipe, give this one a try. Let us know how it tasted in the comments, and make some to share with your friends as well!

3 ratings


1 Tsp Grape seed oil
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 Ginger, chopped
2 star anise pods
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Cups Beef broth
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
2 Zucchini, spiralized
1/2 Cup Bean sprout
12 Oz Ground sirloin, thinly sliced


Fresh basil leaves, to taste
Fresh mint, to taste
Fresh cilantro, to taste
Lime slice, to taste
French green onion, chopped
Sriracha, to taste


step #1

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the garlic and ginger, then sauté them until the garlic is turning golden.
spices and skillet

step #2

Add in the other spices and continue to sauté the mixture to release their flavor and fragrance.

step #3

After a few minutes, turn the heat down to medium-low. Then add the beef broth and cinnamon stick. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
spoon in ingredients

step #4

After 20 minutes, spoon out the garlic, ginger, and the spices.
place vegetables in bowl

step #5

Divide the Zucchini noodles and bean sprouts among two bowls. (Keep the broth over heat.) Add your beef slices and poor the beef broth over the noodles.
toppings in bowl

step #6

Add toppings and squeeze the lime wedge over the soup and enjoy
ready to serve

step #7

Ready to serve!


3 ratings

Did you know?

Star anise is, oddly enough, not biologically related to regular anise, but they both contain anethole, which is why they have a similar flavor.

Star anise is quite versatile, and is used in the traditional five-spice powder from Chinese cooking. It can also be used in a French recipe for mulled wine, and when you add star anise to coffee it will deepen and enrich the flavor.

If you enjoyed the different layers of flavor in this soup, be sure to try the Thai Shrimp Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, and Chicken Fajita Soup next! Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and leave a comment in the section below!

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