Eat Smart  |  Posted 10.22.14

Baked Rice Balls

Baked Rice Balls

These mild baked nuggets of rice are simple enough to appeal even when you're feeling fragile. Adding Italian seasoning and using a stronger flavored cheese, such as Parmesan, perks them up a little. For added flavor, family members can dip them in pasta sauce.

Make extra rice the night before to use for these balls.

Makes 15 balls

Prep Time: 30 minutes or less
Total Time: 45 minutes or less


  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, or other cheese
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch dried Italian seasoning, optional
  • 1 cup pasta sauce, heated, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, beat the egg. Add the rice, cheese, and flour and stir to combine. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  • With wet hands, form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. You may need to rewet your hands after every two to three balls.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Serve with pasta sauce.

Nutritional Information Per Serving ( about 3 rice balls): Calories 115, Total Fat 3 g, Total Carbohydrate 16 g, Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 0 g, Protein 6 g, Sodium 85 mg

Recipe from "What to Eat During Cancer Treatment" by The American Cancer Society