Brown Butternut Squash & Scallion Risotto

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  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the chicken broth until just under a simmer and keep on a back burner.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; cook, stirring occasionally, until the milk solids begin to turn golden brown and the butter takes on a nutty aroma, 5-6 minutes. Remove 2 and set aside.
  3. Lower heat so that the butter doesn't burn, quickly add onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened and translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add white wine, and cook down until almost evaporated, another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of the butternut squash and 3/4 cup of the hot chicken broth, and gently simmer until squash is tender but not falling apart and broth is reduced, 8-10 minutes.
  5. Gently stir in the Arborio rice, and mix until it is well incorporated.
  6. Add another 1/2 cup of broth and stir frequently until the liquid is absorbed. At this point, add the remaining 1/2 cup of butternut squash and another 1/2 cup of broth. Continue adding broth in 1/2 cup increments, letting the rice absorb the liquid between additions, until the rice is al dente and creamy, which should take about 3 1/2-4 cups of broth and approximately 20-25 minutes. Be sure to keep the heat adjusted so that the broth in the risotto stays at a gentle simmer.
  7. When the risotto is cooked, stir in scallions and remove from heat. Let rest for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown butter and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese.

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