Guilt-Free Arancini (Risotto Balls)

Recipe posted in: Tasty Takes on Nutrisystem Meals, Dinners

Arancini is essentially a fancy term for golf ball-sized rice or risotto balls that are typically packed with creamy cheese and sauce, coated with bread crumbs, then deep fried.

Anyone who’s had arancini before can attest: This is one seriously delicious dish. But deep fried balls of rice and cheese don’t exactly scream healthy, making this flavorful favorite a no-no for most dieters.

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So we set out on what seemed like an impossible mission: A healthy arancini recipe. Our recipe developers set to work trying to create crispy, crunchy risotto balls that would taste just as delicious as the calorie-laden classic, but that wouldn’t wreak total havoc on your weight loss goals.

And boy, did they succeed… This Guilt-Free Arancini Recipe has all the flavor of your favorite fried guilty pleasure, but leaves the diet damage behind. Featuring your flavorful Mushroom Risotto dinner entree, egg whites, breadcrumbs and flour, this simple recipe is bursting with both taste and nutrition. Plus, its got the crunchy exterior and the creamy, dreamy interior of the traditional treat.

aranciniAnd, as if that wasn’t reason enough to add this recipe to your weekly menu, the fact that it’s got just four easy ingredients and it takes mere minutes to prepare should entice. Just be mindful that if you do plan to enjoy this delicious dinner, you’ll want to save one SmartCarb during the day since this mouthwatering meal counts as one dinner, one SmartCarb and one Extra on your Nutrisystem plan.

Whenever you decide to try your hand at this healthy recipe, just be sure to add your risotto balls to your food log in NuMi, our free tracking app. With NuMi, you can log your food, water, weight and activity, so you’ll be sure to stay on track toward your weight loss goals. Plus, when you download this helpful tool, you’ll get insider access to hundreds of healthy recipes just like this one, weight loss tips from our nutrition experts and exclusive discounts and special offers. NuMi really is your one-stop weight loss shop!

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Servings: Makes 1 serving

Calories per Serving: 173

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner, 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 package Nutrisystem® Mushroom Risotto


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place risotto, flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate dishes.
  3. Roll risotto into six to eight balls.
  4. Roll each ball into the flour then dip into the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs.
  5. Place on a greased baking sheet. Lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, flip halfway through.