Glad I found an old issue of La Cucina Italiana. This is even better than its American cousin.
1 cup Aborio rice
2 2/3 cups whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil; add rice and cook for 15 minutes then drain.
In a saucepan, combine drained rice, 2 cups milk, 1 cup water, vanilla bean and seeds, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, then stir in sugar and continue cooking until rice is tender. 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove pot from heat; remove and discard vanilla bean, then stir in remaining 2/3 cup milk and cream. Transfer rice mixture to a blender and mix until pudding is fairly smooth.
Transfer ric pudding to a bow and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight. Add some whipped cream on top when serving.
Recipe from La Cucina Italiana.