This arancini recipe from Paul Ainsworth come served with a spicy arribiata sauce. You can also make a version of these with left over risotto although making the risotto from scratch is best. The spicy arrabiata sauce is very versatile and any left over sauce could easily be used in a pasta dish the next day. Strict vegetarians cannot eat Parmesan, as the cheese contains animal rennet, so be sure to keep that in mind if making the arancini for vegetarians. You can find alternatives at your local health food shop or cheesemonger

In a large pan, bring the vegetable stock to the boil and leave on a simmering heat
Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Once the butter starts to foam, add the onions and bay leaves. Sweat the onions and season with salt and pepper
What 'to sweat' means
To sweat is to cook something - usually vegetables - gently on a low-medium heat until tender but not coloured, while stirring frequently
Add the rice to the pan and stir continuously for 2 minutes
Slowly add the hot vegetable stock, one ladle at a time, whilst constantly stirring. Keep cooking and adding the stock until the rice is slightly over-cooked and sticky
Once the rice is cooked, add the Bolognese sauce and stir until mixed with the rice. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside
Stir in the truffle flavoured oil, sherry vinegar and garlic. Mix in the Parmesan and mozzarella until combined
Remove the bay leaves and check the seasoning. Pour the mixture out into a large tray to cool. Once the risotto is cool, shape into bite-size balls
Arrange the egg whites and the breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Dip each ball into both mixtures, making sure they are completely coated. Set aside in the fridge until firm
For the arrabiata sauce, place a pan over a medium heat, sweat the onions and chillies off in the olive oil until soft
Add the cayenne pepper and smoked paprika, season well and stir. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar to the pan. Stir and leave to reduce until the vinegar begins to thicken
Once it has reduced, add the chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, Tabasco and garlic. Stir the mixture well. Leave on a low heat to simmer for at least 2 hours until it reaches a thick consistency. Keep checking the seasoning throughout
Once the sauce is almost ready to serve, lower the arancini into a deep fat fryer set 180°C until golden all over. Divide the arrabiata sauce across 10 ramekins and serve with the arancini
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Arancini, or risotto balls, come served with a spicy homemade arrabiata sauce in this Paul Ainsworth arancini recipe inspired by Italian cuisine