Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

Prep Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert that looks and tastes fancy but is so quick and easy to make! The fresh berry sauce gives every creamy spoonful the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: panna cotta, panna cotta recipe
Calories: 494 kcal
Servings: 6 dessert cups


Ingredients for Panna Cotta:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 packet Knox gelatin)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

Ingredients for Berry Sauce:

  • 2 cups berries divided (I used 1 cup raspberries and 1 cup quartered or halved strawberries)
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice


How to Make Panna Cotta:

  1. Off the heat, place 1 cup milk in a medium sauce pan and sprinkle the top with 1 packet gelatin. Let stand 3-5 min or until gelatin is softened. Place pan over medium/low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves and mixture is steaming, about 4-5 min (do not boil).
  2. Add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt. Continue stirring about 5 min until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is steaming (do not boil). Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  3. Place sour cream in a medium bowl with a pouring lip. Whisking constantly, gradually add warm cream. Once the mixture is completely smooth, divide it into 6 wine glasses or 8 ramekins. Refrigerate until fully set; 4 to 6 hours.

How to Make Berry Sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup berries, 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 3 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook 4-5 min or until syrupy.
  2. Stir in remaining 1 cup of fresh berries and remove from heat. When syrup is at room temp or just barely warm, spoon it over the top of chilled panna cottas.