Risotto Balls (Arancini) Recipe
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Risotto Balls (Arancini) Recipe

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My Italian Grandma made these for me. I still request them when I visit her, and so do my children. I make them ahead of time and freeze them. —Gretchen Whelan, San Francisco, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese) bread crumbs, divided
  • Marinara sauce, warmed


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan, combine water, rice and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 18-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly. Add eggs and pesto; stir in 1 cup bread crumbs.
  2. Place remaining bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Shape rice mixture into 1-1/4-in. balls. Roll in bread crumbs, patting to help coating adhere. Place on greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Risotto Balls (Arancini) in Country Woman December/January 2015

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