Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Milk, rice and honey — and only just the littlest bit of time and attention — are almost all you need to make one of the great comfort foods, warm rice pudding. Delicious at any time of year, rice pudding is gentle on the stomach with plenty of easy-to-digest nutrition, so it is also good choice to serve to those under the weather.

Thick and plump, unwashed arborio rice has a higher starch content than ordinary rice and creates an especially rich and creamy pudding. If you don't have arborio rice, other short-grained white rices will work as well.

Arborio Rice PuddingArborio Rice Pudding
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Published on September 16, 2010

Creamy arborio rice pudding cooked with milk and honey — an incredibly easy and delicious comfort food dessert

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 35 to 40 minutes

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  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 3-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • fresh berries, dried fruit or chopped nuts for serving
  • Place the milk, rice, cinnamon and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan, until the rice is soft and creamy. Stir in the honey and remove from heat.

  • Stir in the vanilla and remove the cinnamon stick. Pour into bowls and serve warm garnished with fresh berries, dried fruit or chopped nuts as desired.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Arborio Rice Pudding

More pudding recipes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Cherry Pudding
Lemon Sponge Pudding
Blueberry Raspberry Pudding Cake

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Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

Pudding of any variety is my kind of dessert. Have you ever tried making it with lo-fat or skim milk?

Unknown said...

wow, that looks delicious and inviting with berries on top :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious colourful rice pudding

Lisa Turner said...

Hi Jane;

My preference is for whole milk and diary products. Much more nutrition also. Thanks for your comment.


I appreciate your support and readership.

And thank you too Toronto girl.

Garbage Disposal Repair said...

This is a mouthwatering pudding and anyone will surely enjoy this awesomely delicious recipe.

Johanna GGG said...

love rice pudding - sounds like you are gearing up for cooler weather - I always use arborio but in the UK they have pudding rice for rice pudding which I would like to try and see the difference

Heather Loves Healthy Vegan Recipes said...

mm, I love rice pudding! I have it for breakfast, though I don't always make it so rich. I'm vegan, so I use either water (and slow cook the rice to release its starch), almond milk or if I want things really rich coconut milk.
I also use short grain brown rice, and it turns out really well.

Elizabeth Swigar said...

That's the best looking rice pudding I've ever seen. I've got to try that one.

AJ said...

Beautiful Lisa!!