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Traditional Meatball Pho
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Want to try something new with your leftover turkey? Try making pho! You can use the entire turkey carcass to create an incredibly healthy bone broth, full of vitamins and minerals. From there, add you pho fix-ins, and you're good to go!
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6 people
  • Pho Broth
  • 4 cup sliced meat or meatballs
  • 3 large yellow onions, halved
  • 1 6-inch piece fresh ginger root, halved lengthwise
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 3 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • For the soup:
  • 1 pound flat rice noodles
  • 4 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 large bunch Thai basil
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • Hoisin sauce and Asian chili sauce, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

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To make the broth:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Toss the turkey bones and carcass (not the reserved turkey meat), onions, ginger, and garlic with the vegetable oil in a large bowl. Lightly sprinkle with salt and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, spreading everything out into an even layer.
3. Roast this mixture in the oven, turning the bones and vegetables halfway through until the vegetables are slightly charred. This should take about 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, add the star anise pods, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks to a large pot. Set the element at medium heat, and toast these spices until very fragrant. Shake the pot occasionally to prevent burning. This should take about 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and add the chicken broth, fish sauce, and 8 cups of water.
5. Add the roasted turkey bones and vegetables to the pot.
6. Bring everything to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 hour.
7. Remove from heat, and strain the broth into another large pot. Stir the shredded turkey meat into the hot broth.

To make the soup:

1. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
2. Divide the noodles among 6 bowls, then top with the broth and shredded meat.
3. Serve with bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapenos, red onion, hoisin sauce, hot sauce and a lime wedge.

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