Some good rice pudding recipes include the creamy vanilla bean rice pudding recipe on Epicurious.com and the light and zesty raisin rice pudding recipe on EatingWell.com. Both recipes enjoy good ratings and complimentary reviews from website users.
To make the vanilla bean rice pudding, combine 3/4 cup of basmati rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat before switching the heat to the low setting. Cover the saucepan, and allow the mixture to simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the rice absorbs the water.
Stir in 3 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, and the seeds and pod from 1/2 of a split vanilla bean. Cook the mixture, uncovered, over medium heat for about 35 minutes or until it forms a tender, creamy pudding, stirring every now and then throughout the process. Remove the vanilla pod before serving.
To make the raisin rice pudding, place 3 cups of nonfat milk, 1/2 cup of arborio rice, 1/3 cup of raisins and 1/4 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to boil, and then lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer uncovered for 25 minutes or until the pudding is soft, stirring frequently as it reduces. Fold in 3 teaspoons of lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.