Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe with a Strawberry Sauce

This easy panna cotta recipe is one of those desserts you can throw together in a matter of minutes—minutes. That leaves a lot of time to do a lot of other things. Like clean up a carton of eggs that fell on your kitchen floor, start dinner over because you burnt it while cleaning up the spilled eggs.

Panna Cotta via Bakers Royale

Now, I’m naturally a clumsy person, but overloaded and pressed for time, I’m like a klutz in overdrive. It’s seriously amazing that I haven’t had a worst kitchen disaster than spills and minor burns.

Back to the food . . . panna cotta is seriously one of the easiest desserts you can make. For this version I kept it simple by keeping the base a vanilla flavor and simply topping it off with a strawberry syrup and some whipped cream.

Panna Cotta by Bakers Royale

For a chocolate panna cotta recipe, check out the one I made here for the holidays. For a more detailed post about panna cotta, click here for this article from TheKitchn.

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce

Yield: 6 servings


Panna Cotta

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Sauce

  • 8 oz. strawberries, hulled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice, divided use
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


To make Panna Cotta

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of milk into a bowl. Evenly sprinkle gelatin on top; set aside for two minutes.
  2. Place the cream and sugar  into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer (look for small bubbles along the edge of the pan). Add in vanilla; stir to combine.  Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Pour the gelatin mixture into the cream mixture and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved (mixture should be free of grit when rubbed between two fingers).
  3. Pour into stemmed glasses or ramekins. Chill for at least 2 hours or loosely cover and chill overnight. Finish with strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

To make strawberry sauce:

  1. Place strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water (more if needed to thin out syrup) in a blender and puree. Transfer mixture to a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Continue to boil until mixture thickens to syrup consistency. (If needed, transfer mixture back to blender for a final puree so syrup is smooth). Strain if needed. Set aside to cool.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I am huge klutz and the messiest person in the kitchen, so I totally relate.

    Love this simple panna cotta. Looks perfect for a first timer like me!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonThalia @ butter and brioche says

    i love a good panna cotta.. love that this panna cotta is in a glass. yum!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBri | Bites of Bri says

    I love puddings and panna cotta. Once things start going badly for me, I’m my own worst enemy. It goes downhill fast!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonShashi @ runninsrilankan(dot)com says

    Such a gorgeous panna cotta!
    I burnt my arm on the broiler in my oven – so yup, I understand and speak “klutzy” so well! :)

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    We would never know you were a clumsy person.. especially because everything you post here is always so beautiful and elegant. But I think we can all relate. i’ve never made panna cotta before and can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    This panna cotta is absolutely lovely Naomi. And you have company in the klutz department. If we are anywhere with a lot of fragiles, Pete is like “Heather! hold your purse close to your side and be careful!” so that I don’t knock into everything. It’s so sad!

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmanda says

    Love panna cotta – such a simple and elegant dessert. I had panna cotta flavored with peach leaves last summer and it is still one of my most memorable desserts.

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKari @ Cooking with Toddlers says

    I love how simple this is to make and how elegant it looks!

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJustin @ SaltPepperSkillet says

    Panna Cotta is my favorite dessert ever, and I’ve never even made it. Crazy!

    This looks easy and awesome.

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMedha @ Whisk & Shout says

    Yum! I always had a mental block about panna cotta. I thought because it was unfamiliar it also must be hard… obviously this isn’t the case, and this is such a delicious and easy recipe! :)

  11. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonjenna @ just j.faye says

    Oh wow. I always thought panna cotta was difficult to make… Maybe because it just sounds really fancy? Whatever the reason, I am glad it’s simple and will now have to try it out!

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKrista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says

    Panna Cotta rocks, love how simple you kept this. Gorgeous Naomi!

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNA says

    I love this recipe. And the glasses as well. Any suggestions on where to purchase these? I would appreciate it. Thank you :-)