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Easy tomato risotto balls with a smoked cheese centre - perfect for Cooking with Kids Day

A really easy, simple recipe for tomato risotto balls with a smoked cheese centre. They're great fun to make, with plenty of chances for the kids to get their hands stuck in.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Lunches and quick-cook meals
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: kid friendly, lunch, risotto
Servings: 8 risotto balls
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Emily Leary


  • 250 g pack of Uncle Bens Express Risotto Italian Herb
  • 100 ml milk
  • 25 g smoked cheese
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 75 g panko breadcrumbs
  • spray oil


  • Cook the risotto rice according to the pack instructions (make an opening in the pack, add the milk, cook in the microwave for 3 minutes).
  • Tip into a bowl and allow to cool.Chop the smoked cheese into 1/2 inch chunks.
  • Take some rice and roll into a golfball size ball, then flatten in your hand.
  • Place a small chunk of cheese in the centre of your risotto pattie.
  • Wrap the rice around the cheese and roll into a ball between your palms so that the cheese is enclosed in the middle.
  • Now it's time to crumb. Start by rolling your risotto ball in the flour until it has a thin coating. Shake of the excess.
  • Dip your risotto ball into the beaten egg and coat. Allow an excess to drip off.
  • Now roll your risotto gently in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated. Note: you can season the breadcrumbs if you like.
  • Place on a lined baking tray and repeat until you've crumbed all eight.
  • Spray with a little cooking oil.
  • Bake for approx 20-25 minutes at 180°C / 160°C fan / 250°F until pale golden.
  • Serve warm with salad - the cheese inside will be oozy and delicious.



Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg