Left over rice? Make Rice pudding!!!!!

Even though my children don’t like rice..I have to do my part as a responsible parent and cook it and put it on their plate! Do they eat it?? Hell no! So needless to say I often have a bunch of leftovers. I was left with exactly 2 cups of brown rice. I’ll throw it away..then I heard of voice of my past(mother)..”eat your food, there are starving children in China.” SO it sat there on the stove until I figured out its fate!
Oh wait I cook all my rice and couscous in chicken stock(gives it much more flavor). Oh no I didn’t..not tonight. I used my last drop of chicken stock on my Chicken Piccata. So I used plain water to cook the rice..so there was a green light for the Rice Puddin!!

Left over rice? Make Rice pudding!!!!!
Recipe type: Breakfast,Dessert
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Serves: 2-4
Make Rice Pudding with Left-over rice
  • 2 cups cooked rice (brown or white)
  • about 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup splenda or sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup raisins or fruit of choice..I used Regular and golden raisins
  • Spices to taste …like cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice..etc
  • Walnuts for a crunch if you like
  1. All add ingredients to the cooked rice except the spices and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for a few minutes and then cook until most of the milk is absorbed.
  3. Once you get to your desired consistency, add your spices.
  4. Add the nuts if you want.
  5. Serve hot or cold! Its was yummy either way!


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    Perfect for leftovers! I’ll have to try this since I ALWAYS have leftover brown rice! And my son loves pudding!

    Looks so yummy!!

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    OMG! I have rice leftover from last night’s Tyler Florence Sauteed Shrimp (majorly underwhelming I might add! LOL). And like you, I usually make my rice in chicken broth but last night I was uuuuuber-lazy and just used boil-in-bag generic white rice. I have NEVER made rice pudding but I love it so guess what I’m going to do RIGHT-NOW… yup… you guessed it I’m gonna make rice pudding! hahahahaha

    Smooches to ya!

    Have a delicious day πŸ™‚

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    Zen Chef says:

    Grrrr.. me love rice pudding! πŸ™‚
    Next time you can send leftovers my way too. That’s another option! haha.

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    Bridgett says:

    My hubby loves rice pudding! Will your kids eat the rice pudding since it is all sugary and yummy?

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    ok…rice pudding it is!!! yours looks delicious πŸ™‚

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    VeggieGirl says:

    Rice pudding = favorite comfort food.

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    noble pig says:

    Oh how yummy! What a great leftover idea!

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    This looks so amazing! I ahve never had rice pudding with brown rice! YUM!

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    I LOVE rice pudding, such comfort food. I let the raisins soak in some run before adding them in!

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    Ah, that’s exactly what I’d do if I had leftover rice! It looks beautiful!

    I left you a little award on my blog!

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    okay, so your kids don’t like rice (i don’t either), but i’ll bet they love rice pudding (i’m a big fan)! it looks great. πŸ™‚

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Very nice idea Leslie, you’re such a smart one! I like the flavours you used and the crunch of the walnuts! And I mean, brown rice has so much fiber it’s even good for you!

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    jodycakes says:

    I love, love, love rice pudding…i’ve never made it though. Guess it’s about time!!!

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    Bridgett says:

    I know what you mean Leslie, my son won’t touch most foods where my daughter will. Dinnertime used to be frustrating until I refused to cook separate meals. Now he eats what we eat or he misses out. I’m pretty sure this pudding would be a hit at our house.

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    what a great way to use leftover rice. I want to try making rice pudding!

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    That rice pudding looks good!

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    Dhanggit says:

    too bad werent neighbors Leslie or i’ll be ready to eat all the left-over at your place heheh that’s after we chit and chat..have a great day my friend

    ps, i alredy drafted my email to you last time but my computer was broken..i was thinking probably it was destiny telling me not to send you that email..LOL

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    Jeanine says:

    That rice pudding looks delicious, Leslie! Way to use up the leftovers. My kids refuse to eat rice too, so I don’t make it as often as I’d like, but I love rice pudding! πŸ™‚

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    Yummy! Rice pudding is always a winner with me, but I’m also a big fan of plain old rice too. Hoped the kiddos gobbled this up. I am anti-waste girl, so I always get a little extra happy when people use their leftovers to make something super yummy like this classic dessert :D.

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    abigail barnes says:

    my leftover rice usually turns green in the fridge πŸ™‚ ill have to try this instead!

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    Jessica@Foodmayhem says:

    OOh, never had brown rice, rice pudding. Looks yummy.

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    Just made it – delicious! Thanks! I used dried blueberries for the fruit and found that they turned the whole thing an amusing (or unappetizing, depending how you look at it) blue-gray color. I want to use whole spice, like a cinnamon stick – would that go in earlier?

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    Anonymous says:

    HEHEHE! I’m 13 years old and i had Rice Pudding sometime ago i remember how it was so delicious and here i am trying to make it!

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    this recipe was just what i was looking for. Always looking for yummy ways to use my leftovers and this was just perfect!
    thanks a bunch (my hubby says its the best he’s ever had)

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    I did a search for “rice pudding” and came across your site. Oh happy day! I am going to add your site to my favorites. So glad I found you!

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    Anonymous says:

    here i was in little old NZ looking for something to do with my leftover rice.. this pudding was absolutely scrummy and i secretly think my husband was quite surprised at its yumminess! ( I am not the best of cooks) easy and fun! thanks so much! XXoOO feefee

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    Melissa G.-K. says:

    Awesome! Thanks for this recipe, we love rice pudding and ALWAYS have rice leftovers!

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    Mister Qtastic says:

    I just made your rice pudding recipe. I substituted the white sugar for brown sugar, used brown rice and added ground flax seed. It was a healthy filling dessert for the fam!

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    ***Mister Qtastic***
    I am so very glad you enjoyed the rice pudding!

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    kiwimeg says:

    Great pudding! Absolutely delish! Took a while to cook – kids were beside themselves by the time it was ready πŸ™‚ But they ate with gusto!!

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    MMMMM thank you and I am a kid and I β™₯ RICE Idk Why Urs Dont Thanx for the great recipe!


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    Anonymous says:

    Hmm…ur chillins don't like rice. Well, my mother used to pour cheese sauce on everything veg to get us to eat it. Worked in almost every case; not boiled cabbage…nor brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts required the miracle of the beef bouillon cube.

    In any case, try cheese rice.

    Unless you make your own sauces from scratch; melt a little Velvetta for creamy and a little 'very sharp' cheddar for bite. Surprisingly, if the rice is slighty overcooked and wet and gooey before you add the cheese, it takes less cheese to make a good tasting cheese rice.

    Will say that I never tried with brown rice.

    Actually, I got tired of MY crappy rice cooking about 10 years ago and bought a Zojirushi. The little Elephant is your friend! Measure, pour, push-a-button and forget-about-it. When it's done cooking it will keep it warm until you need it. Ahhh, now if I can just stop burning the water that I drop the frozen boil-in-bag eggplant parm in…

    Gonna try your puddin' recipe on some leftover PFChangs white rice…wish me luck.

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    Thanks so much for your comment!
    Since this post a year ago..my kids have thankfully learned to love rice. THANK GOODNESS

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    I used this for left over rice and left over orzo. Worked great for both, but the orzo one was a wee bit creamier, I think from using half and half and milk. I am going to try it on acni pasta next time and bake for a short time….LOL maybe folks will think I made the "real thing". I love to play the "real thing" game with peeps, I use cookie mixes, cake mixes, instant anything I can find, short of potatoes, add things and make it my own and everyone wants the recipe for the great "homemade" stuff. This recipe is right up my ally, keep them coming. De

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    Thank you so very much for the comment!

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    Thank you for posting this! I didn't have any leftover rice, but I made some up and it turned out great!

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    Draknar says:

    Great Recipe! Just made some with leftover white rice, and it turned out wonderfully! Perfect comfort food for my ulcer. Cheers =)

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    I LOVE rice pudding and since my mom bought be a HUGE bag of rice(I'm only 16 I have no money lol). Thats all ive been making but i never had a recipe for it, and i had been using the minuite rice, This recipe is SO Mcuh better especially when your bored sitting at home hungry and everyone is at school. Thnkx for posting it

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    Today I made brown rice and it came out a little mushy so I thought I would make rice pudding. Then I thought…I wonder if anyone else makes rice pudding with brown rice and I found this post. As it turns out I made it pretty much the same but used evaporated milk. Who would've thought brown rice would make such good rice pudding….I guess we both did.

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    Made your recipe today. Super easy. Super delicious! Thank you!

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    Great recipe our little girl is pink mad so I added pink food colourng went down a treat.


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    Anonymous says:

    is it ok to use rice from the day before???

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    Thank you for your question. Yes, it is perfectly fine to use rice from the day before! Enjoy.

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    Random Musings of a Cluttered Kitchen says:

    Made a batch of brown rice tonight just so that I can make this! Looks so good! Can't wait to eat it!

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    I had a bunch of leftover brown rice, and went searching for a recipe for rice pudding with cooked rice, and yours came up. I didn't measure how much rice I had left, just added milk right into the rice cooker bowl with the rice and put it back in the rice cooker. Added some raisins and a bit of sugar, and will keep watching, hoping everything turns out so my kids will have a yummy treat in their lunch tomorrow!

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    ***Cindy*** I hope it turned out for you. Rice Pudding is soooo delicious!

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    Mmmmmmmmmm. ‘Nuffield said.

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    Made too much brown rice for our stir fry tonight, decided I would try to make rice pudding with the extras. Came across this fantastic recipe and the rest is history! Super easy (especially for the non-cook like me) and it is absolutely delicious! A keeper recipe for sure!

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    I have been craving rice pudding for such a long time. Today my mom was making my great-grandmothers recipe of holubky (cabbage rolls, yum) and made extra rice for me to make rice pudding. I have been looking for a recipe for good rice pudding and this was just what I wanted. I doubled the recipe and even my hubby loved it and he doesn’t like raisins. Well done!! Keep the recipes coming!! Thanks!!

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    Made this three times now, used brown sugar instead of white the second time and It was wonderful, great recipe! Thanks for sharing!