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Creamy Orange Rice Pudding


This rice pudding made with grains of creamy Arborio rice is flavored by orange juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and heavy cream.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: MAURA MCEVOY

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2000


  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Remove zest from orange using the smallest holes on a box grater, and set aside. Cut ends off orange, and remove peel, pith, and outer membranes, following the curve of the fruit with a paring knife. Lift sections away from membranes, and set aside. Squeeze juice from membranes over sections before discarding.

  2. Place the Arborio rice, milk, reserved orange zest, lemon zest, vanilla bean and seeds, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and most but not all of the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream. Remove the vanilla bean, and serve the pudding in small bowls garnished with orange sections.

Cook's Notes

If you want this dish ahead of time, simmer the rice for 15 minutes. When ready to serve, return to a simmer, and cook for five to 10 minutes more before adding the cream. If too much of the milk has been absorbed to bring back to a simmer you may add a little more.

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  • nancythebaker
    25 OCT, 2008
    amazing. i always make the arborio rice recipe but changed it up last night and made this one. the slight orange flavor was incredible. try this -