Authentic Homemade Panna Cotta Recipe: Silky and Creamy Italian Dessert

A light and creamy dessert that everybody loves! This gelatinous yet rich panna cotta serves as a great base for a spectrum of toppings like fresh fruits, syrups, compotes, nuts and chocolates, and anything else you can create. This dish can be enjoyed during any season and has been a favorite for Italians since the ’60s!

Homemade Panna Cotta

Servings: 2 people
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Calories: 454kcal


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Place a small/medium saucepan on the stovetop, add the milk, then sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let it sit like that for 5 minutes without the heat on.
  • Next, turn the heat to medium and stir the mixture until the gelatin dissolves. Don’t let the milk boil – it should only take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Now add the heavy cream and sugar to the stovetop mixture and continue cooking while stirring for about 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved. Then, turn off the heat.
  • Take the saucepan off the hot stove top and then stir in the vanilla. Divide the mixture between two serving bowls and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • After the panna cotta has settled, you can try to plop it out onto a plate and garnish but if the serving bowl shape won't allow it, you can just throw your toppings on and serve!
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g

5 thoughts on “Homemade Panna Cotta”

  1. 4 stars
    The perfect end to a meal! The creaminess of this panna cotta is something to write home about. 👌

  2. 4 stars
    My taste buds are thanking me. simple, yet luxurious. Restaurants are way too expensive recently, who knew I could cook this good?!

  3. Agnes Franklin

    5 stars
    If it’s server in an individual little glass, I’m obsessed. Even better, if you can eat it with a tiny little spoon. Tiny utensils make things taste better, it’s science.

  4. 4 stars
    Delicious, creamy, and smooth! This recipe was easy to follow, and the results were restaurant-worthy. Panna Cotta is my new go-to dessert! 🍮

  5. Lynette Sanders

    5 stars
    Wow, this is the creamiest panna cotta I’ve ever had. Hear me out though! Get some vanilla beans and scrape them bad boys. I knooooowww their expensive but super worth it for this recipe.

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