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

14 ratings

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!


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

In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium then add ginger and garlic and sauté until garlic is golden.
spices and skillet

step #2

Add all spices to pan and sauté until mixture is fragrant.

step #3

Turn down burner to medium-low and slowly add beef broth to pan. Add cinnamon stick then cover pan and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
spoon in ingredients

step #4

The ginger, garlic, and spices should float to the top of the pan, remove these with a spoon.
place vegetables in bowl

step #5

Place ½ of the zucchini noodles and bean sprouts into each bowl. Add beef slices to bowls then carefully pour beef broth over zucchini noodles.
toppings in bowl

step #6

Squirt with lime to taste and add toppings.
ready to serve

step #7



14 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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