Simple and indulgent, this recipe takes the nutty creaminess of kabocha squash and adds another layer of flavor with brown butter. Sure to be a weeknight favorite! Can also be substituted with Butternut Squash. —MyTableForOne
Arborio, medium or short-grain rice
Chicken Stock (NOT low-sodium, can use bullion)
Sunflower or Olive Oil
tsp crushed garlic
Chopped Pancetta, or 2 strips of bacon, chopped
Set 3 cups of water in a small saucepan to boil and add bullion (if using stock, add 1 extra cup of water), setting aside remaining water for later. Boil until cube has softened, stir to dissolve, and remove from heat.
Add pancetta and chopped shallots to a 2-qt (or medium) saucepan. Over medium heat, saute until pancetta is crisp and shallots are translucent, about three minutes. Remove pancetta and shallots and reserve in a plate. Do not remove bacon drippings.
In the same saucepan, add kabocha. Saute until brown over medium heat, 3-5 minutes. Add butter and lower heat, stir until butter begins to brown and foam begins to settle, 3-5 minutes. Add bacon-shallot mixture, sage and garlic, stir until fragrant, 1 minute.
Add your rice and, keeping a consistent stir, toast over medium-low heat for another 2 minutes.Keeping a consistent stirring motion, add the 1/4 cup wine to deglaze and turn the flame to medium. As soon as the wine boils down and you’ve stirred up all the yummy brown bits, add your chicken stock 1/3 cup (or the spoon you’re using) at a time. Since this is a small dish in a medium pan you may find the water evaporating too soon, so use the 1 cup of reserved room-temperature water in small splashes to slow it down. Keep adding broth in 1/3-cup increments after the water boils down. Do not allow the rice to get completely dry or stick to the pot. Do this for approximately 17-20 minutes (last three minutes being your preference for al-dente).
At the last minute of cooking, stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper (TASTE before you add salt), one splash of broth and Crème Fraîche (optional). Cover and allow to steam for 5 minutes. Spoon into bowl and garnish with parmesan.