Spinach Arancini (rice Balls)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

Courtesy of the fine folks at the HBO The Soprano's BBs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Add the onions and saute for about 1 minute. Add the garlic stir. After another 5 minutes, add the rice and white wine and a pinch of salt stir and allow to cook down for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add 2 (8-ounce) ladles of broth. Allow to absorb into rice for about 10 minutes, stirring, then add another 2 (8-ounce ladles) of broth and allow that to absorb for about 10 minutes.
  3. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Add spinach to broth and rice and stir in with sweet butter. Add 1 cup of the Parmigiano.
  4. When all ingredients are hot and mixed, pour and spread onto a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool. Once cool, cover with a layer of plastic wrap to avoid skin forming and refrigerate until completely cooled and firm. Refrigerate overnight if necessary.
  5. When completely cooled, cover rice and spinach with remaining 1/2 cup Parmigiano. With hands, roll into 1 1/2-inch balls. With fingers, make a small hole in the rice ball's center and insert 1 small cube of mozzarella, and cover with more rice.
  6. Place flour, beaten eggs, and seasoned bread crumbs in separate bowls. Coat each ball with flour, then with whisked egg, then with seasoned breadcrumbs. Repeat with all rice balls and lay the coated balls on a cookie tray and refrigerate until ready to fry.
  7. In a heavy large pan, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees F.
  8. Fry the balls, in batches, until golden brown. Remove each ball with a slotted spoon and place on parchment paper or paper towel lined cookie sheet to dry. Serve hot.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I've been wanting to try making arancini for years and this was a great recipe. I didn't have any trouble with them holding together (possibly because I used a very thick vegetable broth, so even when the rice was done, it was still very moist). Since I made these for Valentine's Day, I also added a few bits of pimiento in the center. These have a great flavor - the wine really comes through, and although I was skeptical of the seasoned bread crumbs, they were a nice addition - and they fried up beautifully. A definite party hit.

CarsonM February 14, 2008

These are the best ! Very flavorful. It was little hard to keep them from falling apart when frying,but we did not care,we ate them anyways:)I already made them several times and we love the recepie. Thank you.

Arichka January 04, 2008

I made this today and it turned out really well! Creamy and cheesy inside, crispy outside. I had no problem with the balls breaking apart - when inserting cheese, I packed the balls in a bit more. Will definitely make this again.

Jader April 10, 2016

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