I have found the perfect Beef Pho Recipe! The Crockpot or Slow Cooker makes the most amazing broth which is the highlight of this Slow Cooker Beef Pho.
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The Perfect Beef Pho Recipe
My new favorite use for my crockpot or slow cooker is making pho. I adore the complex flavors of a good pho broth and the slow cooker provides that nice and even all day heat that is perfect. I’ve made it my mission to try as many pho recipes as possible and settle on a favorite. Hey, it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
Not only does it make a great beef pho, but you have to try my Slow Cooker Pho with Chicken too!
Meat Soup Bones Make an Amazing Broth
After much searching and googling I settled on a Slow Cooker with Eye of Round from Serious Eats as my starting point. The first deviation I made was that instead of oxtails, I had meaty soup bones. Then instead of boiling the bones, I placed them on the baking sheet with the onions and ginger and let them get nice and brown for another layer of flavor.
You can skip that extra roasting step if you want, but it really does add some wonderful extra flavor. You know that I almost always skip the extra steps, so if I say do it, that means it’s really good!
Slow Cooker Beef Pho
The other deviation was that instead of eye of round, I used a London broil very thinly sliced. I love that hot broth cooks the beef for you. Unfortunately my grocery store has stopped selling fresh bean sprouts and I didn’t have enough time to sprout my own, so I had to used canned. Not nearly as good as fresh, but will do in a pinch. This was warm, comforting and full of flavor!
Some slow cooker cookbooks that I have my eyes on: Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Simple Busy-Family Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot and More, Taste of Home Slow Cooker: 431 Hot & Hearty Classics and Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes.
Looking for some more slow cooker recipes:
These Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Burrito Bowls are a game day favorite!
Everyone loves this Slow Cooker Spiced Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes – pure comfort food!
One of my favorite ways to use stout – Slow Cooker Chicken and Stout Stew.
Slow Cooker Beef Pho
The slow cooker makes the most amazing Slow Cooker Beef Pho.
- 2 1/2 pounds beef bones or oxtails
- 1/2 white onion
- 3 inch piece fresh ginger peeled
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 5 whole star anise
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 whole cardamom pod
- 9 cups of water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons beef base such as Better Than Bullion (I didn't use)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound dried rice noodles
- 1/2 pound raw eye of round steak sliced paper-thin
- 1/2 red onion very thinly sliced
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- 1 bunch cilantro cleaned
- 1 bunch Thai or Italian basil
- 1 bunch mint
- 2 jalapeños 6 Thai Bird chiles thinly sliced
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- Hoisin sauce
Preheat broiler to high.
Place beef bones, onion, and ginger on foil lined baking sheet. Broil until everything has a nice char, about 8 minutes. Place beef, onion, and ginger in slow cooker.
Saute the cinnamon, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, cloves and cardamom pods in a dry skillet over medium high heat until toasted and frangrant. Place in a cheesecloth square and tie up. Add the spice package, the water, beef base, fish sauce, sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
When you are about ready to eat, cook the noodles per directions leaving them al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water and place in serving bowls. Remove bones and spices from broth and skim off any scum if necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Place thin slices of beef and red onions slices on top of noodles. Ladle over the hot broth. Serve with condiments.