Comfort MobBenjamin Lebus

Super Easy Grana Padano PDO Risotto and Arancini

Comfort MobBenjamin Lebus
Super Easy Grana Padano PDO Risotto and Arancini

This is the most delicious, simple risotto. And the best leftover recipe known to mankind.

Cooking Time (Includes Preparation Time):

Risotto - 45 Minutes

Arancini - 30 Minutes



·      200g Grana Padano PDO Riserva  

·      500g Arborio Rice

·      2 Brown Onions

·      2 Cloves of Garlic

·      2 Vegetable Stock Cubes

·      50g Butter

·      187ml White Wine


·      Leftover Risotto

·      100g Breadcrumbs

·      50g Grana Padano PDO Riserva

·      Small Handful of Thyme

·      Small Handful of Rosemary

·      400g Passata

·      Bunch of Basil

·      1 Clove of Garlic

·      3 Eggs

·      100g Plain Flour

·      500ml Vegetable Oil



  1. Dissolve your vegetable stock cubes in 1 litre of boiling water.

  2. Finely chop the garlic and onions. Add your onions to a pan with a glug of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook the onions on a low heat until soft and translucent. At this point, add your garlic. Stir it in, cook for a further minute, and then pour in your wine.

  3. Bubble the wine off, and then add the rind from your block of Grana Padano. This will impart its flavour throughout the risotto cooking process. Mix it in, and then pour in your rice.

  4. Stir your rice until it starts to toast on the pan. At this point, start adding your vegetable stock. Bit by bit. Keep beating the rice to release the starch. This will make the dish extra creamy.

  5. Keep adding vegetable stock and beating the rice until it is creamy and cooked through. This should take about 30 minutes. You want your risotto to be a loose, creamy consistency. You should not be able to fit it in a mold.

  6. Once the rice is cooked, add 150g of grated Grana Padano and stir in. Then add a heaped tablespoon of butter and season generously with salt and pepper. Beat it in, remove the Grana Padano rind and serve up your risotto. Grate more Grana Padano on to each dish, add a drizzle of olive oil and tuck in!



  1. For this dish, your leftover risotto has to be cold. Divide it in to balls (slightly smaller than the size of a tennis ball). Roll your balls, and then place on a board.

  2. Lay out three bowls. Fill the first with flour. The next with 3 eggs. Beat them, and season with salt and pepper. Fill the third bowl with breadcrumbs. Add a handful of both chopped rosemary and thyme. Add 50g grated Grana Padano. Mix it all together.

  3. Take one of your balls. Dip it in flour, then egg, and then your Grana Padano herby breadcrumbs. Once it is nicely coated, place your arancini back on the board.

  4. Add your vegetable oil to a sauce pan and heat it. Throw a few of the breadcrumbs in the oil. Once they start browning, the oil is hot enough. Add your arancini to the pan. Move the balls around with a metal spoon until they are a deep golden brown. At this point, remove the arancini from the pan and place on a piece of kitchen roll.

  5. Tomato sauce time. This is so simple. Just finely chop a clove of garlic. Add to a frying pan with a glug of olive oil. Before the garlic starts to brown, pour in your passata. Season with salt and pepper. Bubble the sauce down until it is nice and thick. Throw in a handful of basil leaves. Once wilted, the sauce is ready.

  6. Serve your arancini in a dish. Pour the tomato sauce over the top. Grate some Grana Padano over it all and tuck in!