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Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 13th, 2011
5 from 1 vote
5 from 1 vote

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce is rich, sweet, tangy, luscious, and creamy. Delicious!

Yield: 8 Servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Rich, sweet, and tangy.
Texture: Luscious, creamy, and thick with the smooth raspberry sauce all over.
Ease: Much easier than I had anticipated.
Appearance: I love the contrast of the white panna cotta and pinkish red sauce.
Pros: Since it’s made ahead of time and totally elegant it’s perfect for company.
Cons: None, except you really have to make sure the gelatin is dissolved when whisking with the cream mixture.
Would I make this again? I’ll definitely make panna cotta again, probably with a different flavor profile.

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce is rich, sweet, tangy, luscious, and creamy. Delicious!

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce

The first time I had Panna Cotta was last Fall during one of our weekly dinner services at culinary school. Some of the other baking students made it and I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the texture (honestly I thought it would be like jello. Ick). I was happily blown away with my first bite and scarfed the rest down, practically licking my plate clean. It was fantastic. Mmm I’m smile just thinking about it. Dreamy creamy and pleasantly sweet. I added Panna Cotta to my list of recipes to try but completely forgot about it until last week. Thank you David Lebovitz because now I can add Panna Cotta to my dessert repertoire.

5 from 1 vote

How to make
Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce is rich, sweet, tangy, luscious, and creamy. Delicious!


Panna Cotta

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 packets powdered gelatin (4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • raspberry sauce (recipe follows)

Raspberry Sauce

  • 2 cup of raspberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water


Panna Cotta

  1. Line 8 custard cups with neutral-flavored oil.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, warm the cream and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
  3. While cream is heating, pour the 6 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. Sprinkle powdered gelatin over water and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Pour warm cream mixture over gelatin mixture and whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved. Divide cream-gelatin mixture into prepared custard cups and chill for at least 2 hours, preferably 4 hours.
  5. Once chilled, run a sharp knife around the edge of each panna cotta to loosen and carefully unmold onto a serving plate.

Raspberry Sauce

  1. Combine all 4 ingredients in a small saucepan and let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, until raspberries are cooked down. Strain raspberry sauce through a fine sieve to remove seeds. Pour strained sauce over panna cotta.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Maris — June 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    These look outrageous!

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    Emily — June 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    i'm drooling! this looks sooo good!

  3. #
    Pearl — June 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    These are beautiful!

  4. #
    Lizzie in LA — June 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I was looking for a really simple raspberry sauce to serve over a lactose-free dessert (cantaloupe sorbet) and found yours. Thanks!!

  5. #
    lala — August 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I will try it

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    pixie — August 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    can i replace substitute the gelatin with pectin?

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    pixie — August 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    sorry i meant substitute gelatin with pectin.

  8. #
    Marco's Kitchen — February 10, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Have you tried substituting Vanilla with Mint?

  9. #
    Bobbie — February 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    A couple of my Italian friends said this was the best Panna Cotta that they had ever had. Said it wasn’t too sweet like most.
    I made this for my Christmas partY in a tube pan, pouring the raspberry sauce over the top made it look like a Christmas wreath and put Some raspberries on the top for decoration.


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