panna cotta recipe
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Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is an italian dessert made with milk and cream. This easy and delicious panna cotta recipe is made without gelatin and thus a vegetarian version of panna cotta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: desserts
Cuisine: world
Servings: 6 medium sized bowls
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 2 cups Cream - low fat (20 to 30% fat)
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Finely chopped agar agar strands
  • cup Hot water


  • Do note that both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when mixed with each other. So cook both simultaneously. 

making agar agar solution for panna cotta

  • First take 2 tablespoons finely chopped agar agar strands in a small sauce pan. Do cut the agar agar strands in small or tiny pieces.
  • Add ⅓ cup hot water.
  • Mix and let the agar agar strands soak in hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Then keep the agar agar and water mixture on a low flame. Keep on stirring the agar agar solution and let it cook till the agar agar strands are dissolved.
  • Continue to stir often when cooking this solution.
  • Switch off the flame when all the agar agar strands have dissolved. You will see a clear solution.

making cream mixture for panna cotta

  • Meanwhile mix 2 cups low fat cream (20 to 30% fat) and 2 cups whole milk in a pan or sauce pan.
  • Add ½ cup sugar.
  • Keep the sauce pan on the stove top on a low to low-medium flame. Stir with a wired whisk. The sugar should dissolve completely.
  • Keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil.
  • The mixture should just come to a boil. Then switch off the flame.
  • Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. If using vanilla essence, then add 1 teaspoon of it. mix very well.
  • Now add the hot agar agar solution to the hot cream+milk mixture. Both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when you mix them.
  • Mix again very well.

setting panna cotta

  • Pour the hot panna cotta mixture in bowls. If you plan to unmould the panna cotta, then grease the bowls with some neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil.
  • Cover the bowls with aluminium foil or lids. When the panna cotta mixture become warm or come to room temperature, then place the bowls in the fridge to set for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
  • Serve panna cotta plain or topped with your favorite fruit or berries.


  • The recipe can be halved or doubled.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 167mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1298IU | Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 1mg | Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mg | Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 1mg | Vitamin B6: 1mg | Vitamin B12: 1µg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin D: 2µg | Vitamin E: 1mg | Vitamin K: 3µg | Calcium: 143mg | Vitamin B9 (Folate): 7µg | Magnesium: 14mg | Phosphorus: 118mg | Zinc: 1mg