Arancini with Arrabiata Sauce

Enjoy a classic Italian snack with Gino D'Acampo's recipe for tasty deep-fried rice balls served with a piquant tomato sauce
By Gino D'Acampo
Arancini with Arrabiata Sauce
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus cooling and 1 hr chilling
  • Effort: medium



  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onions, chopped
  • 500 g arborio risotto rice
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • black pepper
  • 100 g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 150 g parmesan, grated
  • 3 eggs, separated, whites beaten
  • 10 slices of Neapolitan salami, chopped
  • 200 g mozzarella, cubed
  • 200 g breadcrumbs

For the arrabiata sauce:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium red chillies, sliced
  • 200 g fresh Italian plum tomatoes
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling


1. First make the arancini. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan and gently fry the onion until it softens.

2. Add the Arborio rice and fry it, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add a ladleful of the vegetable stock, season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook, stirring, until the stock is absorbed.

3. Repeat the process until the stock has been used and the rice is cooked through, adding water if necessary to complete the cooking process.

4. Mix in the peas, Parmesan cheese and the 3 egg yolks, mixing thoroughly. Spread the rice mixture in a tray and set aside to cool.

5. Once cooled, take 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture in your hand and press together. Place a few pieces of salami and mozzarella in the centre of the rice and mould the rice around this filling, making a rice ball.

6. Dip the rice ball into the egg white, coating throughly, then coat in breadcrumbs. Repeat the process until all the rice, salami and mozzarella has been used up.

7. Place the rice balls on a tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.

8. Meanwhile, make the arrabiata sauce. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.

9. Add the garlic and chilli and fry briefly, stirring, until fragrant. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring now and then, for 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and set aside. Just before serving, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

10. Heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep pan, wok or deep fat-fryer, making sure that the oil is deep enough to completely cover the rice-balls.

11. Just before frying the rice balls (arancini), coat them again with breadcrumbs.

12. Deep-fry the arancini in batches for 1 minute, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

13. Serve each freshly-fried arancini with 2-3 tablespoons of arrabbiata sauce drizzled over it.

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