BIT's First Annual Soup-Off!

BIT held its first annual Soup-Off on Thursday, February 25th. Many delicious soups, full bellies, and contestants later, two contestants were able to climb their way to the top.

Betty Hanson took 1st place with her bacon cheeseburger soup and Ryan Ogan stole second with his Olive Garden inspired Zuppa! Luckily for us, the two top chefs were gracious enough to share their award winning recipes!!

Betty’s Famous Bacon Cheeseburger Soup:
  • 1.5 lbs. hamburger 
  • 1 package real bacon bits 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried basil 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried parsley 
  • 1/3 cup butter 
  • 5 cups chicken broth 
  • 6 cups cubed potatoes 
  • 1/3 cup flour 
  • 3 cups of cubed sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 2 1/3 cups milk 
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (optional)
1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Cook onions and hamburger until hamburger is brown.
2. Stir in basil, parsley, bacon bits, broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender.
3. Melt butter and stir in flour. Combine with milk.
4. Gradually add milk and butter mixture to the soup stirring constantly. Add cheese to soup and continue stirring until cheese is melted.
5. Stir in sour cream and it’s ready to eat!

Ryan’s Famous Zuppa:
  • 1lb Italian sausage 
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes, cubed 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 4 cups kale or 4 cups swiss chard, chopped 
  • 2.5 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth 
  • 1 quart water 
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
1. Brown sausage in your soup pot. Add Onions and caramelize.
2. Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
3. Place potatoes, and garlic in the pot.
4. Cook on medium heat until potatoes a
5. Add bacon.
6. Salt and pepper to taste.
7. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
8. Turn to low heat.
9. Add kale and cream.
10. Heat through and serve.

When asked why they chose to make the soups they did, Betty responded, “I made bacon cheeseburger soup because both my kids loved this soup growing up.” Ryan elaborated, “It’s one of my favorites and isn’t too terribly difficult to make.”

Both Ryan and Betty were shocked to find out that they were the winners of this competition. However, both of them agreed that the camaraderie and taste testing this competition provided was their favorite part!

The morning of the competition Ryan’s son, Alex, asked him if he was going to dress up for his contest. Ryan explained, “We watch some food network shows at home with the boys once in a while and I assume he thought it would be like one of those types of shows. He seemed a little disappointed when I wore regular work clothes to the contest.”

Way to go Betty and Ryan! 

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