black truffled cream of asparagus soup

Truffled Cream of Asparagus Soup

Combining the earthy and nutty flavors of black truffle with fresh asparagus results in this creamy Truffled Cream of Asparagus Soup that serves as the perfect appetizer/starter or a meal in itself — either enjoyed hot or cold (as a chilled soup). 

black truffled cream of asparagus soup

I had the opportunity to visit Napa, California, and while I was there, I road the Napa Valley Wine Train that passed by various vineyards in the area. During our train ride, we enjoyed wine (of course) and a wonderful three-course meal.

This was when I had my first experience with an asparagus soup! I enjoyed it so much; it was the first thing on my mind when I returned home. I just had to make my very own version!

chopped fresh asparagus

My family now gets to enjoy this soup as often as they like. We often serve it as a starter to kick dinner off, but we also serve it as a quick lunch alongside a grilled cheese sandwich.

asparagus soup ingredients

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Fresh asparagus spears are the base of this soup. Make sure to use fresh asparagus and not those from a can. I have not made this soup with canned asparagus, so I’m not certain of the outcome.
  • You’ll cook your asparagus in a flavorful blend of sweet onions, butter, minced garlic, Himalayan salt, black pepper, and chicken stock.
  • The creaminess comes into play once you add the heavy whipping cream and Creme Fraiche.
  • And before serving, you’ll finish the dish off with black truffle oil and black truffle sea salt. (You will add some during the cooking process as well.)
Time to puree the asparagus!

Tips when making Truffled Asparagus Soup:

  • Don’t overcook your asparagus because it can affect the color and texture of the soup.
  • Once your ingredients are blended, be sure to strain your soup to remove any small pieces. I use a fine-mesh strainer for this purpose.
  • The truffle salt and oil are key to making this soup memorable. (See my comments on when to use black or white truffle oil below.)
  • The heaving whipping cream and Creme Fraiche bring the creaminess to the soup. I use Creme Fraiche instead of sour cream because it is richer, less tangy, and does not curdle under high temperatures.
overhead shot of cream of asparagus soup

Should I use white or black truffle oil?

When you hear the word “truffle,” it most likely refers to black or white truffle. They are alike in some ways and different in others — both enhance the flavors in recipes, but they do offer subtle differences in taste.

Black truffle offers a robust, earthy, nutty, aromatic flavor that is great for meats, soups, and sauces. White truffle is garlicky and peppery and works best with more delicate dishes like seafood. I use black truffle oil and salts for this recipe. The mushroom flavor seems more pronounced and it’s a little easier on the pocketbook. 🙂

Whether you chose black or white truffle oil, drizzle it on in small amounts and only add it after your soup is ready to serve. Cooking with truffle oil (at high heat) can compromise the flavor. A small amount goes a long way.

Can I store this soup?

Yes, you can! This soup stores perfectly for leftovers and will last up to 3 days. Because it contains dairy, I would not recommend going past 3 days.

Unfortunately, I don’t recommend freezing this soup. Soups that contain cream don’t hold up well in the freezer. The texture changes, and you just may end up with a different soup than the one you started with.

taking a spoonful of asparagus soup

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black truffled cream of asparagus soup

Truffled Cream of Asparagus Soup


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Combining the earthy and nutty flavors of black truffle with fresh asparagus results in this creamy Truffled Cream of Asparagus Soup that serves as the perfect appetizer/starter or a meal in itself — either enjoyed hot or cold (as a chilled soup).


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb. Asparagus Spears
  • 1 cup Sweet Onions, diced
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup Creme Fraiche
  • 1 tbsp. Black Truffle Oil
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Black Truffle Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Add butter to a large pot on medium heat. Add onions, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  2. Chop asparagus spears into 1-inch pieces and add to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes. Add chicken stock to the pot and bring to medium-high heat. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove pot from the stove and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add all ingredients from the pot into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour blended ingredients from the blender into a fine-mesh strainer. Make sure you have a bowl underneath to catch the liquid. Once strained, add liquid back to a pot at medium heat.
  4. Place Creme Fraiche in a small bowl and whip using a hand blender for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth.
  5. Add Creme Fraiche, heavy whipping cream, and black truffle sea salt and cook for 10 minutes. Add black truffle oil to the pot before serving.
  6. Optional: When ready to serve, sprinkle on a pinch of black truffle sea salt (or black pepper) and a drizzle of black truffle oil.

Equipment

Notes

Allow the Creme Fraiche to sit until room temperature before blending. 

  • Category: Comfort Food
  • Method: InstaPot
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 205
  • Fat: 71.3g

Keywords: Black Truffle Asparagus Soup, Truffled Asparagus Soup, Asparagus Soup, cream of asparagus soup

Show Comments (6)
  1. This was truly amazing. I made it twice last month and it was a huge hit. I could not find black truffle salt so I used kosher salt which worked fine but look forward to trying it with the truffle salt.

    1. Thanks, Tamra! We love that the soup is so delicate and perfect as an elegant way to start a meal. Glad you felt the same!

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