Tomato and Truffle Popcorn Soup Shooters

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the soup into shot glasses or small cups; top with the popcorn and cheese. Photograph by Ralph Smith
  4. Stovetop Popcorn
  5. 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.