Tomato and Truffle Popcorn Soup Shooters

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
25 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 15 -ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons truffle oil
  • 2 cups buttered popcorn
  • 1 cup grated truffle pecorino cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the celery, carrot, shallot and garlic; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring to coat, 1 minute. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until incorporated. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the vegetables are very soft, about 20 minutes.

  • Working in small batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot over low heat; stir in the heavy cream and truffle oil.

  • Pour the soup into shot glasses or small cups; top with the popcorn and cheese. Photograph by Ralph Smith

  • Stovetop Popcorn

  • Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil with a few popcorn kernels in a large pot over medium heat until one kernel pops. Add 3/4 cup popcorn kernels and cover the pot; cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popping subsides. Makes 12 to 16 cups popcorn.

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