Arancini are Italian stuffed rice balls that are typically filled with cheese, tomato sauce, and ground meat, and then fried until crispy. Here’s a recipe for making arancini at home:


  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the Arborio rice and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and butter. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled rice mixture with the chopped onion, diced ham, grated mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Using your hands, shape the mixture into 2-inch balls.
  5. Dip each ball in the beaten eggs, then roll it in the breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs to adhere.
  6. In a large, deep saucepan, heat the vegetable oil to 350ยฐF. Carefully drop the rice balls into the oil and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove the arancini from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  8. Serve the arancini hot, garnished with fresh parsley or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.