Italian arancini with marinara sauce

This ooey gooey dish is a delightful way to make and enjoy dinner!



Meat Filling

Tomato Sauce




  1. Add cold leftover risotto to a bowl. Add egg and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Set aside. (Keep mixture cold so it is easier to work with.)


  1. Soak dried mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes. Strain, reserving mushroom liquid. Finely chop the rehydrated mushrooms.
  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium low heat. Add onion and cook, until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to medium high, add pork, prosciutto and chopped dried mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add oregano and season with salt and pepper. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock and a few tbsp. of the reserved mushroom liquid. Cook until the liquid is evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in chopped parsley. Let cool completely.


  1. Set up a bread station: Add flour to the first bowl, beat eggs in the second and mix bread crumbs and salt and pepper in the third. Set aside.
  2. Using your hands, take about 1/4 cup of rice mixture (a little bigger than the size of an egg) and form into a ball. Using your fingers, hollow out the centre to create a space for the meat filling and the cheese.
  3. Fill the centre of the rice ball with meat filling and then a mozzarella cube. Cover the filling with rice and roll into a ball. Repeat. Makes about 10 rice balls.
  4. Dredge rice balls first in flour, then beaten eggs and lastly, roll in bread crumbs.
  5. Meanwhile, in deep fryer or deep saucepan, pour enough oil to come about 3 to 4-inches up sides of pan. Heat to 365 degrees F. to 375 degrees F. over medium heat.
  6. In batches, carefully add rice balls into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  7. Transfer to paper towels to remove excess oil. Let rest for a few minutes. Serve with Marinara Sauce.