Authentic Italian Rice Pudding


Let Cooking Italian with Joe show you how to make my grandmother's authentic Italian world's best rice pudding! Truly smooth and silky texture that fills your taste buds with yum. Garnish with chopped nuts, cinnamon, and whipped cream.

close up view of Italian Rice Pudding garnished with nuts and cinnamon in a platter and in a ramekin
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
8 servings


  • 6 cups whole milk

  • ¾ cup Arborio rice

  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 177mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 238mg 18%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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