Small bowls of rice pudding with pistachios

How to make Italian rice pudding

Rice pudding is satisfying and easy to make with few ingredients. I’m adding it to my blog as I realized that I have yet to share a single Italian dessert recipe. The Italian cuisine, of course, has many lovely, simple desserts to choose from — from gelato to semifreddo to panna cotta to sweetened ricotta to rice pudding, just to name a few. Most require only a few common ingredients and are easy to throw together.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with sugar throughout my life. In college, I lived on it. In graduate school, I gave it up and didn’t eat much of it for almost a decade. Then I found Italy and made proper peace with sugar. It has a place in my diet. I eat it and enjoy it, just not a lot, and I don’t often make dessert at home. But I can! And I should!

This is a very easy recipe for Italian rice pudding made from four ingredients. It’s basically a standard rice pudding made with carnaroli, a popular and widely used Italian rice variety.

Rice pudding

Makes 4 small servings, but can easily be doubled

  • 100 grams carnaroli rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 125 grams sugar – although this is pretty sweet. Depending on your sweettooth level, you may want to use a bit less sugar.
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Cook the rice in a lightly salted pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the milk to boil in a separate pot.
  3. Drain the rice and add to a pot with the milk and stir in the sugar.
  4. Cook the rice at a slow boil over moderate heat until thick and creamy, stir frequently to start and constantly near the end when it starts to get thick. This will take about 30 minutes.
  5. Pour the still hot rice into serving cups or bowls or spread it on plates.
  6. Let cool slightly and then cover and refrigerate.
  7. Serve cold just as it is or with a simple topping such as chocolat shavings or ground nuts or fruit. I used chopped pistachios.

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