cook the rice pudding
In a pot, combine milk, rice, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon stick, vanilla paste, and a pinch of salt. Stir and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the rice pudding is cooked and creamy, stirring occasionally.TipPlace the spatula over the pot while the rice is cooking, to prevent the milk from boiling over.
Remove the cooked rice pudding from the stove, remove the cinnamon stick. Divide between two bowls (or four smaller bowls if you're serving it for dessert). Add your favorite topping, like a tablespoon of salted caramel, and serve immediately.