It’s cold outside, but last weekend’s SOUPer Bowl provided many opportunities to warm up! Seven local restaurant favorites competed for the coveted SOUPer Bowl trophies with unique soup recipes. This annual event allows ticket holders to judge the first, second and third place winners in a Best Soup contest, and member of the Starkville Young Professionals judge the Best in Show for overall presentation. The 2014 contest boasted several unique and savory tastes, plus a few alligators! We’re excited to share a glimpse of the winning chefs here, and scroll down for a first place recipe from Commodor Bob’s you can recreate in your own kitchen!
Best in Show, awarded by the Starkville Young Professionals was presented to Harveys of Starkville for Gator Gumbo. Their alligator-shaped bread was a kid favorite!
3rd Place Eater’s Choice was presented to Restaurant Tyler for Vardeman Sweet Potato & Turnip Green Chowder.
2nd Place Eater’s Choice was presented to Bin 612 for Smoked Cheddar Cheese Soup with Tomato Slider.
1st Place Eaters Choice was presented to Commodore Bob’s for Spicy Pork and Kale Soup!
We caught up with the Commodore and he was kind enough to reveal his recipe for the winning soup. Add a little spice to YOUR table — SOUPer Bowl style!
Spicy Pork and Kale Soup
1 lb pasta noodles of your choice
1.5 pounds mild or spicy Italian sausage
4 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
1 tsp ground roasted cumin
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp of sambal oelek (red chili paste available at most grocery stores)
3 tsp soy sauce
2 teaspoon fish sauce
5 cups vegetable broth
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and shredded
1 large bunch of kale, remove stem and tear into 1 inch pieces
1 bunch green onion, sliced, greens and light green part only
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, then set aside. (make sure to salt your water enough, it should taste like the sea)
2. Add the garlic and ginger to your sausage
3. In your soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat, then add your sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up while doing so using a wooden spoon.
4. Add everything else except the sweet potato, kale, and green onion and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add sweet potato and kale and let simmer for 20 more minutes, stirring occasionally
6. Put desired amount of pasta in the bowls you will be serving the soup in then ladle soup into bowls and garnish with the green onion.