You can get three meals from just one roasted squash. This warming, luscious soup, made with a third of a squash, is flavored subtly with aromatics and curry powder, then smoothed out with rich coconut milk. Put the remaining squash to use in Butternut Squash Salad and Mushroom Ravioli with Brown Butter, Sage and Butternut Squash.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Trim the top and bottom of the squash. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a large spoon and place the halves, cut-side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Rub the squash on all sides with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast until fork-tender, about 50 minutes. Let cool.
Use a small spoon to scoop the flesh from the bottom (wider) parts of both squash halves. You should have about 2 cups. Place in a bowl and set aside. Reserve the remaining squash for another use.
Place the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until the onion is softened but not developing any color; 3 to 4 minutes. Add the curry powder, stir to coat and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the squash and stir to coat.
Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced and thickened, about 20 minutes.
Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and add the coconut milk. Simmer over low heat until flavorful and reduced slightly, being careful not to let it boil (coconut milk will curdle), about 5 minutes. Season with salt.
Divide the soup between 2 bowls and sprinkle each with some smoked paprika.
When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.
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