2 bunches of Scallions
1 knob of fresh ginger, peeled with peeler
1/4 cup chives
Veggie of choice: napa cabbage, baby bok choy or spinach
3 lb chicken backs
2 lb pork neck bones (Sub: have butcher cut ribs in 4-5 inch pieces)
1 lb ground pork
Soy sauce (Coconut aminos are Paleo and Whole30)
Fish sauce (recommend fish boat which is whole30)
Sesame oil (recommend Kadoya. Sesame oil is not whole30 or paleo)
Pad Thai noodles if you want a noodle
Non noodle options include: shiratake noodles, zucchini noodles, enoki mushrooms

Instant Pot (Amazon prime affiliate link)


3 lb chicken back
2 lb pork neck
4 inch knob of ginger, unpeeled and whole
5 scallion
2 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon soy

1 lb pork
1/4 cup scallion
1/4 cup chive
2 garlic minced
1 tsp Soy sauce
I tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp salt (taste and if you need more, add by 1/2 tsp until desired)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fish sauce
Napa, baby bok choy, spinach (any green veggie)
Miracle Noodles


  1. Add all broth ingredients to instant pot. Fill up water to one line below the "max" line. Seal the valve and hit manual, pressure, 120 minutes. Strain. (Can be done night before)
  2. Add salt, sesame oil, fish sauce. If adding Napa cabbage or bok choy add it now. 
  3. Set your oven to 350.  Mix meatball ingredients. cook a small piece to taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Roll into bite-sized meatballs. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until turning brown. 
  4. Bring soup to a light boil, add meatballs. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Add fresh chopped spinach.
  5. Enjoy your soup! Add scallions to taste or miracle noodles. 

Tip 1: if you don't usually make broth, call your grocery store to make sure they have bones available or can set aside for you
Tip 2: I find grating frozen ginger to be easier than fresh. After putting your knob of ginger in the broth, put the rest in the freezer until you make your meatballs.
Tip 3: you can find all of these ingredients at Whole Foods, but an Asian store will be less expensive
Tip 4: if you haven't used fish sauce before, don't worry it is awesome! If you've had any Thai or Vietnamese food you have had gallons of it unknowingly