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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pho

Bowl of Pho Soup
A bowl of delicious chicken pho soup in Hanoi, Vietnam, accompanied by lime and chili. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese food made with rice noodles, broth and a variety of meats or tofu.Kat Clay / Getty Images
Cook Time:
35 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins

Chef notes

The savory spices and rich broth in this traditional Vietnamese dish are as refreshing as they are comforting. 


Pho Broth
  • Turkey Carcass Bones (2 leg bones, wings, etc.)
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 yellow onion, cut in half
  • 1 (4-inch) chunk of ginger
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or 1-inch chunk of rock sugar)
  • 1 licorice root (optional)
  • Rice noodles (often called pho noodles or pad thai noodles)
  • Shredded turkey meat
  • White or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped green onion
  • Thai basil
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha
  • Hoisin sauce


For the broth:

On a gas stove, place a cooling rack over an open flame and place the onion and ginger on top of the rack. Char them directly over the flame until you get a deeply blackened exterior. Alternatively, you can place the onion and ginger on a baking sheet and broil until blackened. This greatly enhances their flavor.

In a large pot (or pressure cooker), place the turkey bones in with chicken broth, water, charred onion, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, coriander seed, salt, fish sauce, sugar and licorice root. Set the pressure cooker timer for 25 minutes. Once it's done, press the button to release steam. Make sure the ball has dropped and remove the lid. If cooking on the stove, let broth simmer (covered) for at least 40 minutes. 

When finished, remove the bones, vegetables and spices from broth. Season broth with more fish sauce and sugar if needed.

Prepare the ingredients:

Cook the pho rice noodles according to package instructions and add to serving bowls. 

Top the noodles with leftover shredded turkey. Layer on thinly sliced onions with a sprinkle of cilantro and chopped green onions.

Pour the broth over the noodles. Add additional toppings as desired.