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Rice Pudding

Martha shares one of her favorite recipes for rice pudding, one of Martha's 20 More Things Everyone Should Know.

  • Servings: 6
Rice Pudding

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2006


  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice, rinsed
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice, milk, vanilla bean and seeds, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until rice is tender and liquid has absorbed, about 40 to 45 minutes.

  2. Remove vanilla bean; stir in orange zest and heavy cream. Rice pudding may be served at room temperature or chilled.

Reviews (10)

  • anita luffs 28 Feb, 2014

    This recipe is great; the simplicity of it allows for modifications to suit your personal taste. I omitted orange zest, I've eaten it warm, I've added fruit - all of which were very pleasing to the palette.

  • mattafer 28 Aug, 2011

    This is VERY good. I used 2% milk, and it was just fine. I also did not have orange zest, so I added a tiny bit of orange flower water- and have also added mini choc chips:) This is a SIMPLE, terrific recipe, will never buy rice pudding again!

  • JaniceDouglas 1 Apr, 2011

    This is by far the best rice pudding I've ever tasted...and so simple to make!

  • olyachka 6 Jan, 2011

    Our Christmas is tomorrow, Jan. 7th. Orthodox Christmas and I was asked to make this dish to bring for the family dinner. I hurried up and scrambled on the internet. Never made it in my life and I gotta say it is by far the best. I love it. Can't wait for everyone to try it out tomorrow.

  • danav77 24 Nov, 2010

    Simple and delicious! I found after a few tries that if I bring it to a very high boil and leave it for about 30 seconds then bring it down to simmer, I don't have any issues with the water not absorbing into the rice. The arborio rice makes such a difference!

  • ypriscilla 10 Feb, 2009

    Excellent recipe. Not only is this the easiest rice pudding I have ever made it is the best. So flavorful and creamy. Most recipes call for soaking the rice (and raisins if you are using them). The arborio rice (also used for risotto) makes the best rice pudding. The only glitch I had was the liquid soaking into the rice. It took longer than the 40-45 mins. My stove was probably set too low after the boil so I turned it up just a tad higher and then it worked great

  • nancythebaker 6 Sep, 2008

    i made this last night. It is amazing. The arborio rice was a first for me but I love the texture. I added a half cup of raisins, dash of nutmeg and its the best recipe!

  • sheremaria 27 Aug, 2008

    By far, the best recipe for rice pudding I have ever tried. To give it that extra something, I throw in some cinnamon sticks while it's cooking.

  • amybishopcole 9 Aug, 2008

    It is true! This rice pudding is the best! My hubby said it was the best he had ever tasted. However, I took it a step further and whipped up some whip cream with confectioners sugar. I then put that on top and sprinkled cinnamon over it. So yummy!

  • rosierui 27 May, 2008

    This recipe makes the most deliicious rice pudding!

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