Instant Pot Pho
As much as I love ye ole artisan style cooking over an open flame, I equally love technology in cooking. My extra large Instant Pot is too convenient. I love being thoughtful and having endless amounts of time to be in the kitchen making something delicious, but it’s also night to create something that doesn’t dirty a bunch of dishes or take up hours of precious time. I am paradoxical in that I love slow moving recipes and thoughtful, time-consuming dishes as well as quick fixes to push out plates onto the table for two hungry kids. Life in balance.
Traditionalists will shudder at the title of this blog post. OUTRAGEOUS. You can not make authentic Vietnamese pho in an Instant pot! I agree. I’m a horrible human being. So I’m not going to claim this is authentic in any way, shape or form. So please don’t come after me with bitter diatribes about what a schmuck I am to quicken traditions of hundreds of years of simmering beef bones and oxtail because it is 2019 and I have an Instant Pot! Boom! Roasted! Or rather, Boom! Pressure-cooked!
The most important thing to latch onto here is my kids adore this recipe, eat it up after a cold day, and I feel like I am nourishing their growing bodies and immune systems with a marrow-rich bowl of soup. Food is medicine and this a recipe that also feeds the soul.