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Honey-Orange Rice Pudding

“Arborio rice is the key to this creamy pudding. The slow cooking allows the rice to become tender and absorb the honey & citrus flavors.” —Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pistachios


  • In a large saucepan, bring the milk, rice, sugar, 1/4 cup honey, orange zest and salt to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender and pudding is thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and remaining honey. Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle with pistachios.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 435 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • pearlrvr
    May 1, 2011

    Delicious flavor combination! I left out the extra honey and pistachios, but it was definitely sweet enough and had so many other flavors going on, they weren't missed at all. Great recipe!

  • kikithormann
    Jan 4, 2011

    Really easy and tasty!I omitted the last steps (vanilla, the rest of honey and pistachio) and went straight to eating it. :)I think I would double the recipe next time, and I am not sure you 'have' to use arborio, I think other type of rice is ok too.

  • corkidecat
    Jun 3, 2010

    It's a keeper

  • collerton
    Apr 7, 2010

    Way too sweet!