I had plans to do a Thanksgiving recipe round-up earlier today but with parent-teacher conferences to attend, the kids home from school, and all the cooking and cleaning that needed to happen before tomorrow, a recipe round-up was not in the cards.

I’m guessing that by now, you’re pretty settled on what you’re making tomorrow, so it’s kind of late for a recipe round-up anyway!

In fact, even though Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet, I see some of my fellow bloggers are already posting their recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen is way ahead of the game (she’s already posted at least 2 recipes for leftovers to my none) and Elise from Simply Recipes posted this really interesting turkey soup recipe. I am certain there are many many more leftover ideas floating around the blogosphere…and Food52 has an entire contest going on for this theme right now!

So here is my contribution to the pool of turkey leftovers recipes: Turkey Pho.

As you may recall from my first experience making pho, pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup typically made with beef. It can also be made with chicken (which is known as pho ga), seafood, or in this case, turkey (which is definitely not traditional).

Apart from toasting the spices (very important…don’t skip this step), this is very simple to make, particularly if you use store-bought chicken stock. It’s a little austere with just the kale (perfect for the days after Thanksgiving as far as I’m concerned, though), and you are welcome to add additional vegetables. Traditional pho uses rice noodles but I prefer it with cellophane (bean thread) noodles.

This recipe was inspired by Jaden Hair’s recipe for Chicken Pho (if you aren’t familiar with Jaden, she’s the genius behind the blog Steamy Kitchen and the author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner).

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    PJ — November 25, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    What a simple and flavorful soup! I haven’t made Pho before but it looks so healthy and delicious (specially for winter!), its on my list of things to try next. thanks for sharing.

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    Lauren — November 25, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    This looks wonderful! I’ve only made Pho once – for daring cooks, but its such a great meal!

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    Jaden — November 27, 2009 @ 4:14 am

    Looks great – love idea of using turkey!

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