Basic Vanilla Pudding

Basic vanilla pudding recipe

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
163 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 4g
Calcium 138mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a simple, basic vanilla pudding, cooked with cornstarch, milk, and sugar. If you're looking for a classic pudding, this recipe is a good choice. It's also fantastic as a cream filling for donuts.


  • 3 cups milk (divided)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for vanilla pudding
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  2. Scald 2 2/3 cups of the milk.

    Scald milk
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  3. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch, sugar, and salt.

    Mix together sugar and cornstarch
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  4. Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup milk.

    Stir in remaining milk
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  5. Add to the scalded milk and cook over low heat, constantly stirring, until thickened and smooth.

    Add milk
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  6. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes to cook cornstarch thoroughly.

    Continue cooking
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  7. Cool slightly and then stir in vanilla.

    Cool slightly
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  8. Pour into serving dishes.

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  9. Enjoy!