Gluten Free Fast Pho

Gluten Free Fast Pho Recipe

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with restorative properties – it helps get you through the sniffles, warms your bones and is a pretty good hangover food as well. In other words, it is good pho you. (Yes, I went there, sorry!)

While pho should be a naturally gluten free recipe, often it is not, especially when you grab a bowl at one of those little corner pho joints. Often the broth is made with a soup base which contains gluten. You can of course make your own soup broth from scratch but all that work is sort of counter intuitive when you are in need of a soup with restorative powers.

Due to the dietary restrictions and choices in my family I wanted a broth that would be gluten free and work for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. I decided to use BOU vegetable bouillon cubes. This way I could use meat – in this case chicken, as an optional garnish.

Speaking of garnishes, that is what, in my opinion, pho is all about! I mean otherwise it is just a bowl of noodles with broth, fine but not magically restorative. The thing with garnishes is that each person customizes their own bowl, no two soups are the same and each is an individual masterpiece designed by the diner. Serve the pho with dishes filled with lime wedges, cilantro and basil leaves, sliced green onions, slices of fresh chili peppers, bean sprouts and in this case, chicken shredded from a rotisserie chicken  from the store – making this really fast pho!

Of course there is no pho without noodles. Look for rice noodles, also called Bahn Pho Noodles, in Asian markets or in the ethnic section of the grocery store. They come in different sizes; I think the medium (about ¼ inch thick) are perfect. And, according to the lady who runs my local Asian market, disregard the instruction on the package that tells you to boil the noodles. Instead, soak the noodles until soft in warm water (about 10 minutes) then place them in a strainer set in a mixing bowl. Just before serving, fill the bowl with boiling water, let the noodles sit for 5 seconds then place in the bowls and ladle on hot broth. This method results in perfectly cooked noodles that are not mushy.

Learn more about the different types of gluten-free Asian noodles.

So, in case you caught the sniffles this holiday season or indulged just a wee bit too much, think about making fast pho. It may just magically restore you back to good health!

Gluten Free Recipes Fast Pho


4.63 from 8 votes
Gluten Free Fast Pho
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Gluten Free Fast Pho Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ½ pound rice noodles (Banh Pho)
  • 4 gluten free bouillon cubes
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • 2 Thai or jalapeno peppers thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh limes cut into wedges
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (omit for vegan or vegetarian)


  • Soak the noodles in very warm water until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Dissolve the bouillon cubes in 5 cups boiling water. Add half of the sliced green onions and season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Once the noodles are softened, drain them, put into a strainer set in a large bowl and fill the bowl with boiling water. Let sit for 5 seconds, drain and divide the noodles among 4 large soup bowls. Divide the hot broth among the 4 bowls of noodles. Serve immediately with all the additional ingredients on the side. Let each diner design their pho the way they want.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Fast Pho Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 853mg36%
Potassium 245mg7%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 19.5mg24%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Amanda
    December 29, 2011

    Carol, thanks for the recipe. My fiancé and I love to eat pho at a local place that has assured me their recipe is gluten free. Cooking it at home sounds so much better though-especially on cold days when I don’t want to leave home :)

    1. December 30, 2011

      My pleasure Amanda – enjoy! And I know what you mean about leaving the house when it is cold – it has recently been really cold here (for Florida anyway) and I don’t want to venture out. I can only imagine how hard it is to do with snow and such!

  3. Heather
    December 29, 2011

    Perfect! Sounds so easy and thanks for tips on the noodles – when I have made them in the past they have been either too hard or too mushy.

    1. December 30, 2011

      Thanks Heather – enjoy!

  4. December 29, 2011

    How very wonderful and delicious!

  5. InTolerant Chef
    December 30, 2011

    Just lovely! definitely a meal to cure all ills. Maybe Vietnamese penicillin?

    1. December 30, 2011

      Haha – sounds just about right to me!

  6. December 30, 2011

    Awesome, Carol! Thank you so much for the recipe and noodle tips. The Maplegrove foods look pretty good, too!


    1. December 30, 2011

      Thank you Shirley!

  7. Jacqui
    December 30, 2011

    thanks for this recipe! And thank you for the rice noodle tip.. I’ve had way too many mushy ones!

    1. December 30, 2011

      My pleasure Jacqui, enjoy!

  8. December 30, 2011

    I love pho with all the fresh herbs and chilies. There are so many gluten-free Asian noodles that work nicely in noodle soups and stir-fries.

    1. December 30, 2011

      I agree Jeanette – lots of Asian noodles are naturally gluten free and very reasonably priced.

  9. Looks great–and I’m sure it tastes great too. I love the idea of everyone creating their own soup with the additions. A wonderful use for some of the turkey I still have in the house! Thanks

    1. December 31, 2011

      Yes Nancy, turkey would be great! I love to see how each bowl is a little different depending on the tastes of the diner, their personality sort of comes through :)

  10. Edonna
    December 30, 2011

    One of the restorative powers of pho lies in the broth, if made from scratch, bones and all. I make this one-, and have frozen the broth for later. It worked out well. I have always loved broths and stews from soup bones and chicken/turkey carcass. And recently found another reason to appreciate them, having discovered gluten, corn and dairy make me feel icky-this discussion- I feel like the new kid on the block and am still not quite resigned to this new life.

    1. December 31, 2011

      The gluten free lifestyle gets easier – trust me! Soon you will find it is not much more difficult. I think having a freezer filled with homemade broth is a great thing, I just never seem to get there so I like my shortcuts :)

  11. December 30, 2011

    Sounds lovely, Carol! Pho is my favorite takeout food – I should really go about making it at home!

  12. December 31, 2011

    oh yum, I love the fresh spices and chilli! Happy New Year Carol!

    1. December 31, 2011

      Happy New Year to you too Jas!

  13. December 31, 2011

    Now I know what I’m going to do with the chicken broth I just made! Thanks Carol, for always bringing us recipes with a special twist. I wish you lots of love and happiness in 2012!

    1. January 3, 2012

      Happy New Year to you too Iris!

  14. Tracy
    January 15, 2012

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I love pho but am afraid to order it after getting so sick last time – even after asking the waiter to verify that it was wheat/gluten-free. Can’t wait to mix up a batch that I know will be safe.

    1. January 16, 2012

      I know exactly how you feel. When I lived in California there was a Pho place on very corner. I would alwways ask my usualy questions but usually got sick after eating (and being assured No Gluten!). That’s when I discoved the base they use has gluten. I missed my pho! Enjoy.

    2. Shellene
      November 5, 2013

      something you may want to consider is MSG it isn’t consider a gluten product but typically if you are allergic to gluten you are allergic to MSG and it is in a lot of places that serve pho

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  17. Denise
    March 2, 2012

    for a more authentic taste, throw half a cinnamon stick and an anise star or two. Remove them when you have the desired broth taste.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 3, 2012

      Thanks Denise!

  18. Michelle
    May 29, 2012

    Thanks for this recipe! Question: Does Pho that you get in the restaurants contain any dairy? I’m Dairy Allergic (Gluten-Limited). Thanks again for this quick, dairy free way to make it! :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 29, 2012

      Hi Michelle, you’re welcome. I do not think that Pho contains dairy but you should always check with the establishment and make sure for yourself!

  19. Kerry
    November 11, 2012

    I don’t think rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is gluten-free. Not from my grocery store anyway.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      November 15, 2012

      Oh that’s too bad – mine is, I have checked. You should talk to them about it, there is no reason for there to be gluten in chicken!

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  21. CarolKicinski
    November 8, 2013

    Shellene, Just an added reason to make this dish from home!

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  23. Alexasmith
    December 28, 2020

    I also like rice noodles . thanks for sharing this amazing recipe .

  24. Mikki ray
    December 29, 2020

    Great Recipe !! I love it

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