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Yogurt Panna cotta with raspberry sauce on a plate

Simple Panna Cotta with Yogurt and Raspberry Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Yogurt Panna Cotta is a silky smooth and creamy, no-bake dessert. Top it with a luscious raspberry sauce. This make-ahead light and delicious dessert is the perfect ending to any meal.


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Panna Cotta

  • 2 1/4 teaspoon gelatin (1 package)
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Raspberry Sauce

  • 10 ounces (2 1/2 cups) frozen raspberries
  • 6 tablespoons granulated white sugar


How to make Panna Cotta

  1. Pour 1/4 cup water into a small bowl.  Sprinkle gelatin evenly on cool water.  (hot water will destroy the ability of the gelatin to thicken the liquid). Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Bring heavy cream, milk, and 1/3 cup sugar to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.  Do NOT boil the milk.  Let it cool down to 150°F before adding the gelatin mixture if it boils.
  3. Add gelatin mixture to the milk and whisk until the gelatin dissolves.
  4. Add the yogurt to the milk and gelatin mixture.  Whisk until there are no lumps and the mixture is very smooth.
  5. Whisk in the vanilla.
  6. Pour the mixture into a measuring cup.
  7. If using ramekins, lightly spray them with cooking spray.  Wipe out excess with a paper towel. Alternatively, dip a paper towel in a bit of vegetable or canola oil and lightly oil the inside of the ramekin.
  8. Divide the mixture among 6 ramekins or serving cups.  
  9. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or best overnight.
  10. It can be made 2 days ahead.
  11. Keep refrigerated.

How to make the Raspberry Sauce

  1. Combine frozen raspberries and 6 tablespoons of sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until the berries thaw.  
  3. Using a spoon, mash the berries with the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Over a bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, strain the raspberry sauce through a fine-mesh strainer. 
  6. Discard the seeds.
  7. Cover and refrigerate the raspberry sauce until ready to serve

How to Unmold and Serve the Panna Cotta

  1.  Run a knife along the outer edge of the Panna cotta. 
  2.  Place a serving plate on top of the ramekin.  Holding the dish and ramekin together, flip the plate over.
  3.  Lift the ramekin.  If the Panna cotta sticks, dip the ramekin in hot water for 1-2 minutes and then do step 2 again.
  4.  Spoon about 4 teaspoons of raspberry sauce on each Panna cotta.
  5. Garnish with additional berries and a mint leaf.


  1.   Be sure to bloom the gelatin to ensure a smooth and creamy Panna cotta-don't skip this step!
  2.   Do not boil the milk otherwise; the gelatin will lose its thickening power.
  3.   Use a 2 or 4 cup glass measuring cup to distribute the Panna cotta into serving containers. It's so much easier than pouring the Panna cotta from the saucepan into ramekins or serving glasses.
  4.   Plan ahead! The Panna cotta needs 6 hours in the refrigerator to set up correctly.

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 209
  • Sugar: 29.1 g
  • Sodium: 34.1 mg
  • Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.8 g
  • Protein: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.8 mg