• Prep
    20 mins
  • Cook
    30 mins
  • Serves
  • Skill

Deliver that wow factor with our easy but delicious Arancini – a traditional Italian risotto rice balls recipe, perfect as a starter or a light lunch. Having heated Bertolli with Butter and Olive Oil, add your bacon, onion, and garlic. Then add your rice and wine, before gradually adding chicken stock. Once you’ve put in the peas and Parmesan, leave to cool slightly before making your risotto balls. Coat in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, and then fry in a deep fat fryer or deep saucepan. Serve with a refreshing salad, and you’re in for a treat.


  • 25 g Bertolli with Butter and Olive Oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 50 g bacon, finely diced
  • 225 g Arborio rice
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 600 ml hot chicken stock made with 1 Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
  • 75 g frozen peas
  • 30 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
  • 100 g mozzarella cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 100 g dry breadcrumbs


  1. Heat the Bertolli in a large saucepan and fry onion, garlic and bacon until just cooked but not browned.
  2. Add the rice and cook stirring until well coated in Bertolli. Pour in the wine and cook, stirring until absorbed. Gradually add chicken stock, cooking until absorbed and stirring frequently.
  3. Add the peas and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Leave to cool slightly.
  4. For each ball, roll 2 tablespoons of the risotto into a ball and then press a piece of mozzarella cheese into the centre and roll around to enclose fully.
  5. Coat lightly with flour, dip into the egg mix and finally roll in breadcrumbs.
  6. Cook in deep fat fryer or large deep saucepan to 180°C. Fry a few at a time until evenly golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm whilst frying the remainder.
  7. Delicious as a starter or for lunch or nibbles.