Classic Panna Cotta Recipe

This is a quick classic panna cotta recipe. It is easy to make and can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge to be enjoyed in your happy events.
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Are you a panna cotta lover? This guide will help you prepare the best classic Italian vanilla panna cotta recipe. 

I am a big fan of panna cotta. Every time I prepare it, I do thank Italians for inventing such a mesmerizing and easy dessert.

I have already shared the recipe of the mango panna cotta as well as the lemon version of this desert. 

More Italian recipes can be found here!

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classic panna cotta

Classic Panna Cotta Recipe

If you are a panna cotta lover? This guide will help you prepare the best classic Italian vanilla panna cotta. It is easy to make and yet so tasty.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 500 ml fresh heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 leaves  gelatine  (or 2g of agar-agar)
  • 1 vanilla pod (Or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • Berry sauce for topping (optional, you can use any topping of choice)
  • red fruits to garnish


  • In a bowl put some cold water and soak the gelatine leaves, set aside for 10 minutes.
  • In a large pan, add the cream and sugar. Then open the vanilla pod using a knife and try to extract its seeds and add them to the cream mixture.
    Classic Panna Cotta mixture
  • Gently heat the mixture, keep whisking well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once the mix is boiling, turn off the heat. Take the softened gelatine leaves and squeeze off the water. Then add the gelatine and stir with the whisk into the hot cream.
  • Set the mixture aside leave until it becomes warm, then carefully put the pannacotta in some ramekins, glasses, or jam jars.
  • Cover the ramekins or the glasses with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
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Dress up your panna cotta!

For serving this magical italian dessert, you can top it using any of your favorate sauces: berries sauce, chocolat or caramel sauce…

My favorite version of Panna Cotta is the vanilla one topped with red fruits sauce.
When the pannacotta has set in the fridge, I top it with red fruits coulis and some pieces of fresh strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and some menth leaves.


Classic Panna Cotta
Classic vanilla Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is one of my favorate dessert thanks to its taste and to the fact that it is the most easiest dessert you can make.

I will be happy if you tried this recipe, let me know how do you find it. You can add a comment below or use the hashtag #megounista in Instagram or Facebook.

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