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Arancini (Rice Balls) with Marinara Sauce
  • prep: 15 min
  • cook: 5 min
  • total: 20 min
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  • Summary

    My first taste of authentic arancini, or Italian rice balls, was at Stuzzi Ristorante, a tiny restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood and just steps from where I attended culinary school. Back then, we knew the local hotspot as Bar Stuzzi, and it was a favorite for Italian small plates paired with towering glasses of crisp Prosecco. I’ll never forget my first taste of arancini, as my eyes went wide at the sight of the baseball-sized rice balls coated in breadcrumbs, deep-fried and served atop a bed of bright red marinara. They were a total triple threat: crunchy, creamy and cheesy. If fried rice isn’t your thing, then arancini are the ultimate excuse for using up what’s left of the ol’ Uncle Ben’s in the fridge. Although many arancini recipes begin with a risotto base, it’s perfectly acceptable to skip the 20-minute stir time and start with day-old rice. Just make sure to check out my notes at the end of the recipe for a few tips that could mean the difference between perfectly rounded cheesy fried rice balls and, well, a hot mess of rice and dairy.  Craving more? Sign up for the Just a Taste newsletter for a second fresh serving of content delivered straight to your inbox each week! And stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups cooked white rice, cooled (See Kelly's Notes)
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    • 3 eggs
    • 8 small cubes fresh mozzarella
    • 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
    • Oil, for frying
    • 1 cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    ESHA
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 74 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 1 g 1.01%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0.5%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 1 mg 0.22%
    • Sodium: 165 mg 6.88%
    • Calcium: 13 mg 1.34%
    • Potassium: 140 mg 3.99%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 3.99%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 14 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 2.99%
    • Sugar: 2 g
    • Protein: 3 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 4.07%
    • Vitamin C 1.1%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat0
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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