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spoonful of rice pudding held up over the white pot it is being served from with freshly grated cinnamon stick on top.
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Rice Pudding

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rice pudding, rice updding recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 250kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • cups whole milk
  • cups water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick 3 or 4 inches long
  • 1 cup Arborio rice or look for Boomba rice that is used in paellas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • cup golden raisins optional


  • 1 cinnamon stick grated or ground cinnamon


  • In a heavy bottomed, 3 quart sauce pan, combine the milk, water, sugar, cinnamon stick and rice. Stir to combine.
    4½ cups whole milk, 1½ cups water, ¾ cup granulated sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 cup Arborio rice
  • Bring to an intense simmer (just below boiling) over medium high heat, stirring often. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer and continue cooking, stirring often until the rice is tender, about 35 to 45 minutes. Some liquid will remain. The mixture should have the consistency of a thin oatmeal but will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove from heat and remove the cinnamon stick. Stir in the vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract and raisins, if using.
    1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, ⅔ cup golden raisins
  • Spoon the rice pudding into individual ramekins or small containers OR transfer to a large serving dish. Let the pudding cool slightly before serving or let cool to room temperature, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 1 day in advance.
  • Just before serving, top with freshly grated cinnamon or ground cinnamon. Pudding can be enjoyed warm or cooled.
    1 cinnamon stick



For maximum vanilla flavor, split half of a vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Add it to the mixture when you add the cinnamon stick. Make sure to throw in the pod as well!


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg