Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio is the stuff that risotto is made of. Its fat, starchy grain makes for silky, rich delicious rice dishes, even for dessert. One[ of my favorite desserts of all time is rice pudding. The silky richness from the arborio sends it over the top.]

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
35 min

4 servings


Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice, return to a boil, and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Shake the pan occasionally and cook until rice has absorbed the water but it still al dente, about 15 minutes.

Bring milk, sugar, vanilla, and a few dashes of cinnamon to a simmer in a separate saucepan. Add the cooked rice and cook at a simmer over medium-low heat until rice absorbs most of the milk and mixture starts to get thick and silky, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer pudding to a large bowl and cool to room temperature. Place in refrigerator until cool and set. Serve with whipped cream and a dash more cinnamon.

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I substituted commercially prepared eggnog for the milk.. I also omitted the sugar. It was extravagantly delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe. After adding the rice to the milk mixture it did take longer than 20 minutes for milk to absorb. I was worried at first because it was so milky. Finally , it turned out perfect. It is now cooling on the counter. I tried some and tastes amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good. I used half whole milk and half coconut milk. I added the heated milk mixture a little at a time rather than adding all at once as the recipe states, like you would with risotto. This definitely took longer than 15 minutes, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my good! After reading other reviews, I realized I wasn't alone regarding the cooking time. After my rice absorbed the water, it was still very hard, so next time I will put a lid on it. During the milk mixture, mine also took 30 minutes. I feel the amount of sugar is good; it isn't too sweet. The flavor is just outstanding! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this rice pudding this morn. I will rate it four. But! I a making this again this afternoon. I don't know what happened, but it took me much longer to get rice cooked. When done, it was good but not creamy. It could of been my mistake but I will try again. I did add raisins and a bit of nutmeg for extra flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing! I made it for my in-laws' Christmas party and quadrupled the recipe (it was a BIG party) and served it in demitasse cups sprinkled with cinnamon with raisins on the side. I followed the instructions exactly, and it worked perfectly, except that I had to simmer it quite a bit longer than 10-15 minutes; I assumed that was because it was such a large batch. Anyway, it was FANTASTIC! Lots of "this was the best rice pudding I ever had" comments. The arborio rice really does make a difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe but made in pressure cooker. Just put all ingredients except sugar and vanilla in the PC for 7-min at 1 atm. THen did a quick release, stirred in the sugar and vanilla, put the lid back on and left the stove on simmer for 5-min. Perfect and FAST! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe since I was making it for a crowd. Followed the instructions and it came out a milky mess. I added 2 egg yolks (tempered) and another 1 cup water, 1/2 cup rice (I cooked this separate, then added it). I also adjusted the spices. Then, it came out totally delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished making this and it"s just wonderful..... Very rich and creamy. Perfect sweetness for me also. I followed the recipe exactly as written except I doubled it after reading the review from "paulabeans" saying the original recipe made only 2 "large servings". Well Paula, I now have enough pudding for 10 people. I guess a proper serving size is in the eye of the eater. Glad I made extra though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been trying many different rice puddings lately and hands down this one came up the best by the entire family!!! Finally found an easy and delicious rice pudding! I will be making this quite often!!!! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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