Arborio Rice Pudding with Raisins

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

40 minutes, 10 minutes active



If you want a bowl of comfort, simmer up this lush, creamy pudding. As the rice cooks, it absorbs the water from the milk, and the starches thicken the remaining rich milk to a creamy sauce. Raisins are classic for this, but you can also use other dried fruit, like dried blueberries, apricots, cherries, whatever you like best.


  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 4 cups whole milk, approximately
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the rice, milk, sugar, zest, vanilla and salt. Over medium heat, stir until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to medium low, a very gentle simmer, and stir often as the rice cooks. Cook for 30-35 minutes, keep stirring until the rice is tender and creamy. Serve warm or cold.

Nutritional Information

375 calories, 8 g. fat, 24 mg. cholesterol, 260 mg. sodium, 67 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 9 g. protein