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Flatiron Foodies: Mangia's Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Cider

Located at 22 West 23rd Street, Mangia is a neighborhood gem serving artisanal Italian cusine with a focus on fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. In Italian, mangia” is a simple, loving command that only means one thing: eat! In New York City since 1981, the family business instills the same level of passion into beloved signature favorites and exciting seasonal dishes like its Butternut Squash Soup.

In the fall, Mangia’s Butternut Squash Soup is a dish that never gets old - healthy, super creamy, and easy to make with tons of flavor. This soup is also great for entertaining festive gatherings. Mangia and enjoy! 

Mangia's Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Cider 

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium butternut squash (2 ½ pounds)
  • 6 cups fresh apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 ounces crème fraîche, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle butternut squash halves with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the squash in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet face-down, and bake for 1 hour. Remove and let cool. 
  3. In a large saucepan, bring the apple cider to a boil with the ginger, salt, thyme, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Let cool and then strain.
  4. In batches, use a large spoon to scoop-out the butternut squash flesh into a blender or food processor with the apple cider mixture and puree. The puree should be thick, but easy to ladle. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Close to serving time, bring the crème fraîche to room temperature; whisk briskly with a fork until it gets smooth.
  6. To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and drizzle crème fraîche on top for some added richness. 
  7. If you need to thin the soup, add apple cider until desired consistency.


Pictured below: Mangia's Founder & Restaurateur, Sasha Muniak who is the brains behind Mangia's menu items. 

Photo Credit: Mangia