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Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword berries, panna cotta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerated Time 4 hours
Servings 6


Panna Cotta

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 ½ tsp unflavored gelatin (1 packet Knox gelatin)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Berry Sauce

  • 2 cups berries divided (I used all raspberries but think it would be good with half raspberries, half quartered strawberries.)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice


Panna Cotta

  1. 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. 2. Add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, ½ 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. 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 ramekins. Refrigerate until fully set; 4 to 6 hours.

Berry Sauce

  1. 1. In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup berries, ½ Tbsp lemon juice and 3 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook 4-5 min or until syrupy.

  2. 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.

Recipe Notes

  • I love the berry sauce, made from strawberries, raspberries and/or cherries, lemon juice and a bit of sugar. But this would also be good topped with shaved chocolate, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, sliced peaches, or diced mangos.

  • I had a hard time finding in-stock unflavored gelatin in stock in the grocery store. I ended up purchasing some on on Amazon.