pumpkin arancini

Pumpkin Arancini Recipe

    • Prep Time
    • Minutes
    • Cook Time
    • Minutes

Recipe Rating

  • (5 /5)
  • (1 Rating)


Pumpkin Arancini are delicious stuffed rice balls combining pumpkin and pancetta risotto with the principles of crisp and flavoursome arancini. Is your mouth watering yet? You can apply the steps of this recipe to any leftover risotto and I just know you will be amazed with the results.

Watch video recipe:

Pumpkin Arancini Recipe | Pumpkin Rice Balls | Italian Food Recipes



  • 1 x medium size non-stick frypan
  • Deep fryer or 1 x medium pot for frying
  • 1 x whisk or fork
  • Flat plate
  • Paper toweling


  1. Beat the eggs well in a bowl.
  2. Moisten your hands with water and pick up a handful of risotto. Flatten it into the palm of one hand, curving it slightly.
  3. Put some cheese into the centre, both provolone and mozzarella, pressing it down a little.
  4. Moisten your hand again using the bowl of water and add more risotto on top, covering the cheese and make the mix into a ball.
  5. Cup your hands around it making it into a ball and moving it around to make sure it is well rounded and that the ingredients in the middle are well covered.
  6. VINCENZO’S PLATE TIP: You can make the Pumpkin Rice balls as small or big as you like..I always make them big because I like to eat a lot.

  7. Pour a generous amount of vegetable oil into a pot or deep fryer and put it on the stove at a medium heat.
  8. Dip the pumpkin arancini into the egg making sure it is really well coated before dropping it into the breadcrumbs and rolling it around to completely cover it again.
  9. pumpkin arancini

  10. Place it on a flat plate with paper towelling at the bottom so the excess crumbs fall off.
  11. Repeat 2-6 unti you have used up all of your leftover risotto.
  12. VINCENZO’S PLATE TIP: Depending on how many pumpkin arancini you make, you might need to refill the egg and breadcrumbs a few times, making sure they don’t get lumpy.

  13. You can put the pumpkin arancini balls into the oil when it reaches a temperature of between 130-150 degrees celsius.
  14. Fry 1-3 pumpkin arancini at a time (depending on the size of your pot) and they should sizzle as they cook. You should turn them slighty while they are frying to make sure they are cooking right through and the heat is distributed evenly. (This will also help the cheese to melt…mmmm)


  • Make sure you cook the pumpkin arancini just as you are ready to serve them as they are best enjoyed hot with the mozzarella melted right through.

Pumpkin Arancini Recipe | Pumpkin Rice Balls | Italian Food Recipes

arancini recipe

E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate…Enjoy!

This is the Pumpkin Risotto Recipe

Join my Culinary Tour “Italy Unexplored Tour” and experience the Real Italy like you have never seen before. The tour is exclusive to only 10 passionate foodies and it’s very unique. Visit this Italian Tour link for more details.

Tempted? Watch the video below and enjoy the sightseeing of the greenest region in Europe

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Rate this recipe

pumpkin arancini
  • 1 People Rated This Recipe

  • Average Rating

    (5 / 5)

Share Post

Related Posts

2019-05-02T19:26:43+00:00 2019-06-05T21:10:09+00:00
  • Servings : 8-16

PORCHETTA | How to Make Porchetta

Porchetta is deliciously moist rolled pork belly, covered with a crisp, crunchy skin and seasoned...

Cook Now

2019-04-29T13:23:27+00:00 2019-05-01T22:17:17+00:00
  • Servings : 2-12
  • Cook Time : 5 Min
best burger recipe


For the best burger recipe on the planet, my trusty food truck operating duo from...

Cook Now

2019-03-27T21:56:02+00:00 2019-03-28T00:07:23+00:00
  • Servings : 6-8
  • Cook Time : 10 Min
cast iron pizza


Cast iron pizza is crispy, golden and you’ll be surprised by how deeeelicious the taste...

Cook Now

2019-03-13T19:16:16+00:00 2019-03-13T19:20:31+00:00
  • Servings : 4
  • Cook Time : 30 Min
italian fish soup


Italian Fish soup with chickpeas is a flavoursome dish which can be served as a...

Cook Now

2019-03-04T19:25:29+00:00 2019-03-04T19:33:06+00:00
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Cook Time : 30 Min
seafood parmigiana


Seafood parmigiana. You heard it here first! All the makings of a deliciously bold parmigiana,...

Cook Now

2019-02-20T21:55:35+00:00 2019-02-20T22:01:05+00:00
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Cook Time : 60 Min


Butternut squash soup is a wholesome, delicious meal, and each family has their own version...

Cook Now