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Rice Pudding with Star Anise and Cinnamon

6 Servings

45 minutes

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Italian Arborio rice isn’t just for risotto. The starchy grains also are ideal for making rich, creamy rice pudding that lends itself to myriad flavorings. Simmering the rice in water before adding dairy shortens the cooking time (simmered in dairy from the get-go, the grains take longer to tenderize). The pudding is delicious warm, at room temperature or cold, but keep in mind that its consistency becomes thicker and firmer as it cools.

Star anise and cinnamon perfume this rice pudding with warm, sweet notes of spice. We recommend the optional chopped chocolate garnish—the dark, roasty notes of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate are an amazing flavor match for the spices.



45 minutes


  • ½

    cup Arborio rice

  • ½

    teaspoon kosher salt

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Julie B.
February 18, 2023
My husband loves anise, he would prefer 100 times more but fantastic flavor and consistency! Brought back childhood memories!
Pamela K.

I've never made rice pudding so gave this a try. The flavor of the end product was subtle and nice (next time I might double the anise for personal pref).The 2 c. of half and half may have been a touch much and I am wondering about the thickness of the final product. The half and half didn't seem to thicken up (assuming it was supposed to) but it may been because my simmer was not strong. It's simple enough to give it a another try tho :)

Maura M.

Did you use the Arborio (or carnoli) rice? They should release enough starch to thicken. Won’t be super thick though.

Loren A.

It is the best rice pudding I’ve ever had -great recipe.