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Italian Panna Cotta Recipe

Italian Panna Cotta, a delicious classic that's super easy to make. With just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, this is sure to be your new favorite Italian dessert recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 6 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 355 kcal


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 packet gelatin about 1 tbsp


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin into the milk, str it around, and set aside.

  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, heat up the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Once it’s steaming (but not boiling), add the gelatin/milk mixture in.

  3. Whisk everything together until gelatin is dissolved, and not grainy anymore. Remove from heat.

  4. Pour mixture into 6 ramekin dishes, evenly divided. Place ramekins into fridge for at least 5 hours, until they firm up.

  5. When ready to serve, top each panna cotta with sauce/coulis of choice (try our cherry sauce recipe) and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can make this panna cotta up to 3 days in advance and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve
  • Unmolding the panna cotta from the ramekin: this is an optional step. Before serving the panna cotta, bring water to a simmer so it's hot. The water should be deep enough to just come below the rim of the ramekin. Turn the heat off. Place the ramekin in the water for a few seconds (5-10 seconds) to loosen the panna cotta. Invert panna cotta on to the serving dish. If it doesn't come off, run a knife along the edge of the panna cotta and return to the water for another few seconds. Invert on to the plate again.
  • I personally prefer keeping the panna cotta in the ramekin and serving it that way. Unmolding the panna cotta can be tedious, and it doesn't always work out. Either it doesn't unmold easily, and sometimes if kept in the water too long, when inverted, it melts slightly. It's easier and more efficient to keep it in the ramekin.
  • You can top the panna cotta with anything you'd like, a seasonal berry sauce/coulis, caramel sauce, shaved chocolate etc
Nutrition Facts
Italian Panna Cotta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1199IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.