This delicious Grass-fed Beef & Noodle Soup is a simple and nutritious take on the classic Vietnamese soup dish, Pho. Made with tender and flavorful New Zealand grass-fed beef and fresh vegetables, this recipe is a tasty alternative to your everyday soup.This delicious Grass-fed Beef & Noodle Soup is a simple and nutritious take on the classic Vietnamese soup dish, Pho. Made with tender and flavorful New Zealand grass-fed beef and fresh vegetables, this recipe is a tasty alternative to your everyday soup.
I don’t often make soup dishes for the blog, or in general, which is surprising because I love a good bowl of soup every now and then. My go-to would be any Asian inspired soup simply because of the variety of different flavors that go into making them. But don’t let variety scare you from trying this simple beef and noodle soup, if you love pho (pronounced fuh), then give this recipe a try. I think you’ll like it!
What’s in my Grass-fed Beef and Noodle Soup?
Usually for a soup like this, the broth would take days to perfect, but this recipe only takes about an hour and the flavor is just as tasty! As well as the typical ingredients of Vietnamese spices and veggies like carrots and bok choy, the star of this recipe is the thin slices of New Zealand grass-fed skirt steak. These tender slices of steak are cooked in the final stages of the broth to ensure every bite is packed with flavor.
I chose New Zealand grass-fed beef for this recipe because it is some of the most delicious beef in the world, with a great natural flavor. In New Zealand, the animals are grass-fed and raised in a clean and healthy environment.
New Zealand’s beef farmers have led the way on how to produce the best beef, while still being able to conserve and take care of the environment and pastures for the future. It’s a win-win for the farmers, the consumers and the planet!
What is skirt steak?
Skirt steak comes from underneath the cow, around the belly area. It’s a thin piece of meat and is great for marinating. You can cook it quickly for medium rare to make tasty tacos or beef and veggie skewers.
Is skirt steak tough or tender?
Skirt steak is quite fibrous, so don’t forget to slice it against the grain, even when slicing thin pieces for this beef and noodle soup. Marinating will also help tenderize the meat further, and the longer the better.
Making beef and noodle soup
This is a one-pot recipe so there isn’t much cleaning up to do! The recipe begins by creating the delicious broth that every good noodle soup should have. Once that part is complete and you’re happy with the seasoning and flavor, you add the thin slices of New Zealand grass-fed skirt steak. Because the beef is thinly sliced, it cooks fairly quickly (8-10 minutes).
To finish the soup, simply add some rice noodles and let them cook in the hot broth for a few minutes. Then it’s ready to be served with extra hot sauce and red pepper flakes, if you like it spicy like I do!
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New Zealand Grass-fed Beef and Noodle Soup
- 4 cups beef stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp Hoisin sauce
- 1 star anise
- 2 lime wedges
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 carrot, cut into thin julienne strips
- 1¼ pounds thinly sliced New Zealand Grass-fed skirt steak
- 1 small bok choy, base trimmed and leaves washed
- 4 ounces pho style rice noodles
- 1 green onion sliced thinly
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Sriracha (optional)
- In a large pot, combine the beef stock and water.
- Add the garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, Hoisin, star anise, lime and black pepper.
- Bring the broth to a simmer and cook covered for at least 30 minutes over a low heat.
- Using a fine sieve, pour the broth through the sieve into a large bowl and discard the pieces of garlic, star anise and lime wedges.
- Pour the broth back into the original pot.
- Add the carrots and the beef and simmer for another 8-10 minutes.
- Add the bok choy, noodles and green onion and stir.
- Simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
- Serve in bowls and garnish with red pepper flakes, extra Hoisin or Sriracha hot sauce.