Authentic Italian Rice Pudding


  • 6 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2eggs
  • 2egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Mix milk, rice, 1/2 of the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.


  • Step 2

    Blend remaining sugar with whole eggs and yolks in a bowl to make a creamy custard.

  • Step 3

    Reduce heat of the milk mixture. Let simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Fold in the custard. Heat until thickened again, about 5 minutes more.

  • Step 4

    Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

  • Step 5

    Remove the milk and custard mixture from heat. Let cool, about 10 minutes. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour pudding into a serving dish, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

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