Dessert Recipes – Aunt Rosalie’s Famous Rice Pudding

by Sugar on January 24, 2012 · 32 comments

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This delicious rice pudding recipe is finally out of the vault. Of all of the famous and secret recipes of my Italian Family, this simple but previously secret recipe from my Aunt Rosalie has been one of the most guarded treasures. She agreed to share it with me but you can’t tell anyone. OK? At almost every holiday and get together with my family, everyone looks forward to this dessert. And now you can have  it too!

This recipe is not as quick as store bought, but it’sworth every minute you’ll put into it. Aunt Rosalie personally showed me how to make this and I think you’ll agree its the best you’ve ever had. Rice pudding can be a little tricky to make but if you’ve ever had reallly good rice pudding, it’s probably from a recipe like this. Nothing beats homemade.


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Carolina enriched extra long grain white rice
  • 7 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I prefer 1 cup. Adjust to your preferences)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cinnamon for garnish


Add sugar, rice and a pinch of salt to a large pot.

Add all of the water and 4 cups of the milk. You will add 3 more cups of milk later in the recipe.

Cook on low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until rice is tender.
Add the eggs and the vanilla to the remaining 3 cups of milk and mix well. Then add the egg and milk mixture to the pot, raise the temperature and cook for an additional 2 minutes so the pudding thickens.

Allow pudding mixture to cool for a few minutes, then add to a large flat bowl or casserole. Cool completley then sprinkle with cinnamon. Or make individual cups and sprinkle cinnamon on each. Cover stored in the refrigerator.
Danielle says:

Absolutely scrumptious!!! I just made this for the first time for Easter tomorrow! It is delicious and I keep sneaking spoonfuls out of the pot while it cools! My husband gives up sweets every year for Lent and he will LOVE this tomorrow in addition to my traditional cream puffs!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

P.S. We’re North Jersey people too! My husband is from Italy and I showed him your website! He was impressed with the food!

Sugar says:


Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. I will be sure to tell my Aunt Rosalie how much you enjoyed her recipe. I am sure your hubby is going to love it to. Happy Easter and do be sure to share my site with your family and friends so we can keep spreading kitchen love. It’s nice to meet another Jersey Girl. XXOO

Rick says:

I love aunt Rosalies rice pudding .. I have made it two times in two weeks and can’t stop eating it. Thank you both.

Sugar says:


That is so sweet. Thanks for the feedback. I will be sure to tell her.


Cheryl Peraino says:

Hello Sugar,
I happened to come across one of your demos on You Tube today. You are an incredibly, knowledgeable, funny, talented and giving person. I am so happy to have come to know you. My husband and I, Italian, super early 60 years of age, we both love to cook, I have saved your website to favs and believe me, I will be “consulting” with your website” often. Thank you so much for all you offer to viewers. I have your marinara sauce simmering as we speak and it is wonderful…
God Bless you & your family for sharing such delectable delights! BRAVO!
Thank you,

Sugar says:

Oh how sweet of you to take the time to write to me with such lovely feedback. You made my day. XXOO Do keep me posted and please be sure to share my site with family and friends.

Mary says:

Hi Sugar,

Love your website! Can you please tell me what size casserole dish you use for the rice pudding?

Thnak you,

Sugar says:

I think that was the 2.5-qt Oval Covered Dish.

:) Enjoy!

Melissa says:

I love this recipe! I was just wondering if I could use brown rice? That’s all i have :(

Sugar says:

I have never used brown rice but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Give it a try and let me know how it comes out.

Walaa says:

Sweet nice

Nina says:

Please tell Aunt Rosalie( big hug from me) her rice pudding is amazing!!!!My hubby loves it too!!! (Shhh dont tell anyone but its better than my grandmas…)I have the option of no raisins ..its a win win!!!

Sugar says:

Oh Nina you are so funny. I’m so glad you and your hubby liked it. I’m sure you will make her day when I tell her.

Thanks for the feedback,

Sugar :)

Paulette says:

I just finished making this and I’m eating it hot out of the pot!!!! It’s AWESOME!!!! Tell Aunt Rosalie………THANK YOU for sharing!!! And THANK YOU for sharing all these GREAT recipes! Hope to meet you in a couple of weeks when we have dinner with your parents. “P”

Sugar says:


I’m so glad you liked it. You are making me crave it now. I may have to make some this weekend. Yum!

Thanks for the feedback and be sure to spread the love and share my site.


Sugar :)

Peggy says:

I can’t wait to make this! My hubby LOVES rice pudding, and this looks so easy and good!

Sugar says:


I do hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the feedback.


Janis says:

So many of your recipes touch my heart. Rice Pudding was one of my (Italian :)) Mom’s favorite “go to” recipes. She always made two batches…one for my Dad, with raisins, and the other for my brother and me, “just regular”.

Thanks, so much, for jogging my memory! And now, it’s time for me to get busy and make RICE PUDDING!!!

Sugar says:


It is so sweet of you to write to me. The reason I started my blog in the first place was to share recipes like this and inspire people to slow down and cook again. I’m trilled that you are going to make the rice pudding.

Please let me know how it works out.

With love,

Mary says:

This looks wonderful and will make converts of rice pudding haters. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Sugar says:


I am so glad you found me. I do hope you try some of my recipes.


wildshotsintheair says:

I love rice pudding, havn’t had it in year’s.
I will use this recipe always, and use raisin’s in mine.
I love watching you on youtube vid’s, and yes I could see the can’s on your red sauce vid.
coulnt help but too notice them.. 😉 your sweet and sexy all that jazz..

Sugar says:

Oh you are so sweet. LOL!! Who would have thought that food could be so silly. My husband and I have too much fun with the videos.



Lisa Lipker says:

My grandma used to add raisins to hers. So yummy and makes me miss her!

Sugar says:


That is a great addition. I forgot to mention that in the tips. Thanks. I miss my Grandma too.



diane says:

hi there
this almost close to one i had made when i had my restaurant i did use carnation milk I lost i’m going to make this one >>I couldn’t make enough of rice pudding always ran out this looks so delis thks for sharing from your family God Bless

Sugar says:

Oh I am so glad you found this Diane.

Thanks for the feedback.



colleen says:

Thank you and Aunt Rosalie for shering. My husband always asks me to make rice pudding.But since have never eaten rice pudding I had no idea how to make it.

Sugar says:

Oh Colleen I will be sure to thank her.


Sugar :)