I know what I'll do with that squash, I said. I'll make a soup with cumin in it.
Everything else grew out of that, using stuff I happened to have in the house.
Roasted squash soup with cumin and lime; with brown butter peanuts and goat cheese.
I chopped the squash into pieces that would fit in the pan and roasted them at 375 for several hours - you can roast a squash in about an hour, I just wanted bigger, deeper flavor.
Meanwhile I used my kitchen torch to roast some red chiles.
I scooped the roasted squash out of the shells and pureed it with the chiles, the juice of two limes, a good deal of cumin, a tablespoon of red miso, two cloves of black garlic, a teaspoon or so of "black mint" (use cilantro or whatever other herb you like), and a bit of hot water, and strained it. The seasonings were picked partly because they go well with cumin, and partly for the earthy umami flavor they contribute.
The strained soup was topped with hoja santa goat cheese and brown butter peanuts (heat butter until it starts to brown, add Trader Joe's blistered peanuts and stir until you smell peanut).
You can see the soup clinging to the tortilla chip in the upper left.
Spicy, warm, not overwhelmingly rich or monochromatically earthy thanks to the lime juice.