Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce is an elegant looking dessert that is almost effortless to prepare. With a few simple ingredients, you can make this popular northern Italian dolce at home. It is a perfect ending to a meal when entertaining guests as it can be prepared early in the day or even a day or two before a party.

Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Panna cotta has become the darling in restaurants all over the world.  Chefs love serving this Italian specialty because it can be infused with fruits, herbs, and spices to create their own unique dish. It can be prepared in molds and then turned out or served in beautiful glass containers. When entertaining, this is definitely a dessert that can impress your dinner guests if you want to get creative.

I like to entertain simply as I find that you can get overwhelmed with last minute details, especially if something doesn’t go right. I prepared my panna cotta early in the day and poured it into vintage Moonstone Opalescent dessert cups that were placed in the refrigerator to chill. I then made a quick balsamic strawberry sauce and poured it in a small decorative pitcher that also went into the refrigerator. The entire dessert didn’t take 30 minutes.

I took the panna cotta and sauce out of the refrigerator twenty minutes before serving to warm up a little. At serving time,  I drizzled a little sauce over the panna cotta, placed the cups on saucers with fresh strawberries and served them to our guests with the pitcher of extra sauce on the side. It doesn’t get simpler than that.

Panna Cotta

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 pkg. of Knox gelatin powder (1/4 oz.)
  • 1/4 c. milk plus an additional 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 c. powdered (icing) sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (optional)

Place 1/4 cup of milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it and let soften for about 10 minutes. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of milk and heavy cream into a pot and add the sugar, stirring well. Simmer over low heat until the mixture just starts to get small bubbles around the edge. Add the softened gelatin to the mixture and stir until the gelatin dissolves. (Do not let the mixture boil.) Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a container with a pouring spout. Stir in the vanilla and lemon extract.

Pour into small cups* and refrigerate for at least four hours. (If making the day before, once the mixture has gotten firm place a piece of plastic on top so that a thick skin doesn’t form.)

*If you plan to unmold the panna cotta, run cold water on the inside of the molds, rinse but do not dry. A thin film of non flavored oil can be wiped on the inside of the molds instead, which will also help when unmolding.  To unmold, dip the container into hot water for a few seconds and then run a knife around the edge.

Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a small pan and bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for ten minutes. Mash the strawberries a little if necessary and then pour through a fine sieve, mashing with the back of a spoon to extract all the sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve. May be prepared a day ahead.

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Panna cotta, which literally means cooked cream, may remind you of crème brûlée but is easier to prepare as no eggs are involved. This cool and silky pudding is a wonderful way to finish a meal…rich but still light enough to enjoy, especially when topped with the balsamic strawberry sauce.

Note: I have prepared this dessert a couple of times, experimenting with the cream. I found using all heavy cream is delicious but rich. I tried using all half and half (which is a product of half cream and half milk that is 10% to 18% butter fat where heavy cream is 36% butterfat) but the texture and taste wasn’t as nice. I think a mixture of heavy cream and some milk works. Other cooks have substituted part of the cream with buttermilk, sour cream and even yogurt. Experiment and see which version you like the most.

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231 Responses to Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

  1. viveka says:

    Karen, you must be reading my mind … just what I was looking at to do .. for a dinner party coming up – but with orange & Grand Marnier marinade strawberries. Can’t believe this. One of my favorite desserts. Was just looking for my recipe as your post came through.
    I will publish my recipe … when I done them. Happy Easter to you two. *smile

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I’m glad that I had good timing with my post. I love marinating strawberries in Grand Marnier and it will make a great topping for the panna cotta. Thank you for your wish, I hope you have a nice Easter as well.

  2. This is a great idea! I’ve made panna cotta with strawberry sauce but the addition of the balsamic is brilliant! I’ll try this during Jade’s vacation. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    It’s a perfect ending to a meal, Karen. I love the jiggly, creamy texture. I’ve only ever made this with milk, so I’m used to that texture; perhaps next time I’ll try your suggestion.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, This is a nice ending for a meal…cool and sweet. I agree with you that making it with milk is good…it just doesn’t have the same mouthfeel as with some cream. Either way the taste is delicious.

  4. So THAT’S what Panna Cotta is – I’m heard about it but never had it. I can make this at home now. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, I’m happy that my post explained what panna cotta is. It is one of the simplest desserts you can make and easily adaptable for different flavors.

  5. Beth says:

    Your dessert cups are beautiful! And this is a great make-ahead dessert. I love the pairing of strawberry with balsamic vinegar.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth, I’m glad you like the dessert cups…they were a find an antique fair. This is a great dessert for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time. I think the balsamic goes very well with the strawberries. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  6. I had no idea panna cotta was so simple! Beautiful!

  7. A_Boleyn says:

    I usually make a half 2% and half whipping cream version and it’s rich enough for my taste but I’ve never used anything like your strawberry sauce which looks bright and cheerful enough to bring a smile to anyone sitting down to enjoy this creamy treat. I’d love to give it a try the next time I make some panna cotta. Your serving dish is lovely as well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, The nice thing about panna cotta is that it can be made to your taste. I think the strawberry sauce goes well and as you say…it gives the dessert such a pretty color. I’m glad you like the little dessert cup…I found the set at an outdoor antique fair on one of our road trips. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  8. Very yummy indeed … can’t wait to try it!

  9. musingmar says:

    So fresh and pretty! I’d be thrilled to have your recipe served to me as a dolce. I adore panna cotta, and your recipe shows that it’s not only easy but versatile too.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marlene, for your nice compliment. Panna cotta really is a versatile dessert…very easy to change the ingredients to whatever you like.

  10. Norma Chang says:

    Since I do not do dessert often, I will definitely go for the richest taste, heavy cream it will be.

  11. Karen Harris says:

    Probably my favorite dessert. I love how you have added that bit of flavor with the balsamic vinegar. I think I’ll make this for our Easter dessert.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen…isn’t panna cotta delicious. I believe the little bit of balsamic enhances the flavor of the sauce. I think panna cotta would be a great way to end an Easter meal.

  12. You brought back all sorts of memories from my childhood. Immediately the Moonstone dishes you used reminded me of growing up, as Mother had a set and used them for quiet special occasions. Panna Cotta……….OMG…….again this was a dish my Grandmother and Mother made and I had completely forgotten about…………lovely, just lovely.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tin Man, I’m always happy to know when a post brings back childhood memories of my readers. I found the Moonstone dessert set at an antique fair on one of our road trips. I think they are lovely. Panna cotta is such a popular dessert right now…your mother and grandmother were way ahead of the curve. :) P.S. Have a great trip…I know you will have a wonderful time.

  13. I love panna cotta.. your addition of lemon would be so refreshing as well. I have a little sugar cup in that same set:) It’s one of my favorites!xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, I think the little bit of lemon gives a subtle flavor that goes well with the strawberries. Don’t you just love the hobnail pattern…I was thrilled when I found my little set.

  14. Karen, adding Balsamico sounds delicious. Will surely make this over Easter to “impress” daughters home from College. Thank you. Carina

  15. One of my favorites, Karen and you’ve presented it so beautifully in your vintage dishes (love the hobnail details too)! I love preparing as much in advance as possible, especially for dinner parties. Otherwise, I’m too stressed and I think it’s not as much fun for your guests when you look like that (I speak from experience!). ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allison, I have to agree with you when it comes to entertaining. I like to have my meals all prepared except for the last minute details. That way I get to enjoy the dinner party as much as our guests do. I’m glad you liked the way I presented the panna cotta in the hobnail dishes. It is a nice way to dress up such a simple dessert. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  16. elizz says:

    my favorite dessert..

  17. Tess says:

    I have tried this with Greek yogurt and the taste was lovely–slightly different richness from using cream but it’s a nice, healthy alternative nonetheless. In any case, this has become my favourite desserts over the past year! It’s so light and refreshing! Thank you for sharing your recipe!! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tess, Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I think this is such an easy dessert to adapt to your own tastes. You are right about it being a refreshing dessert…even when made with cream. Thank you for your comment.

  18. Mad Dog says:

    It does indeed look beautiful – yum!

  19. Great idea with the vinegar in the sauce! I think panna cotta is so rich that it really needs something sharp to make it work.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jeannee, The balsamic in the strawberry sauce really enhances the flavor. I agree with you that the sauce goes very well with the richness of this dessert. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. Kiki says:

    I looooove panna cotta in all variations, and have experimented with it quite a lot. Your balsamic strawberry sauce sounds delicious, I’ll try that!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiki, I’m glad to know that you love panna cotta and experiment with it, as well…it is so easy to change. Thank you for your nice compliment. I think you will enjoy the dessert with the balsamic sauce.

  21. wok with ray says:

    You are absolutely right. The ingredients and the procedure is really simple. Very vibrant color of the sauce. I love it, Karen! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ray, I’m glad you agree with me about how simple this dessert is. Even the strawberry sauce is quick and I agree with you that it adds nice color to a white dessert. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  22. This looks wonderful! And just in time for strawberry season here in Texas.
    Kenley

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kenley, for your nice compliment. I remember the sweet strawberries in Texas when I was growing up there. We would make strawberry ice cream which is still a favorite. Maybe that is why I like this dessert so much…strawberries and cream. :)

  23. I have never had panna cotta, Karen, and I can’t wait to make this. I don’t see this as a custard, but it’s the closest thing I can think of to what I’ve previously really enjoyed, and at times I’ve craved. This would be such a nice choice. No eggs, just cream. I think I want the full fat! :-) And the other reason I’d love to serve this is I have some pretty dishes, too, that would work well, and they just sit in the china cabinet unused! I love your Moonstone dessert cups. I think I need to have a little talk with myself before I make this that I don’t need it every day. LOL!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I do think you will enjoy the panna cotta. I was happier with the mouthfeel of the heavy cream version…it was more custardy. I’m glad you like the Moonstone cups…I think they are pretty. Definitely use your pretty dishes. Isn’t it is funny how we save and display pretty dishes rather than use them.

  24. This looks so elegant and so easy – It reminds me of an Ina Garten type recipe for entertaining – How Easy Is That!!!!!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Southern, for your nice compliment. Panna cotta is probably one of the easiest desserts there is to make and the taste is terrific. I’m glad you like the recipe.

  25. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries is such a wonderful combination! You might try adding a touch of black pepper (even cayenne) to your sauce to — both combine well with sweet things. Or at least I think so. My wife and I were talking about Panna Cotta the other day, and how we haven’t made any in ages. This is certainly one of the best seasons for it (the others being summer, fall, and winter!) so we really need to get our act together and make some. Yours looks lovely — thanks so much.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I agree with you that balsamic vinegar and strawberries are delicious together. I do like to add pepper to strawberries…cantaloupe as well. I’m glad you like my version of panna cotta and thank you for your compliment.

  26. I´m making panna cotta today too. It´s such a wonderful dessert. Love, love, love the idea of serving it with balsamic strawberries Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paula, This is such a delicious dessert…I’ve made it twice in the last couple of weeks. :) I’m happy that you like the balsamic strawberries. I think they go really well with the dessert. Thank you for your compliment.

  27. Wonderful recipe, Karen! I love the simplicity of it and its delicacy…thanks for sharing, I always wanted to learn to make this recipe :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Giovanna, for your nice compliment. This is a delicious dessert but so simple to prepare…I think you will really enjoy it.

  28. One of my favorite desserts! And I’m loving the addition of balsamic strawberry sauce to this. Lovely post Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anne, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you like the balsamic strawberry sauce…it really was a nice addition for the panna cotta.

  29. Wow….this sounds really yummy. Believe it or not, I have never heard of this type of dessert. But I think I am going to share the recipe at work and see if it is something we can try there. (btw, could you please email me at frenchchicvivant at aol dot com ? i have something to ask about but i can’t find your email address….grrrr.)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Heather, for your nice compliment. This is a very easy recipe to prepare. It needs four hours to set so keep that in mind if you are going to try to make it at work.

  30. spree says:

    panna cotta’a a darling indeed! What’s not to like? And as you say, simple and so adaptable…love a dessert like that! And your pairing it with strawberries and balsamic — mmm just right! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spree, I’m glad you agree with me. This is such an easy dessert to prepare and so delicious to eat. Everyone should have it in their repertoire of desserts. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  31. I’m so attracted to your balsamic strawberry sauce that I’m going to give it a try after I write a comment! I want to pour over yogurt… my daughter is sick at home and this will brighten her day. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nami, I’m happy that you like the recipe but I’m sorry to hear that your daughter isn’t well. I do think that the strawberry sauce would brighten her day and will be delicious over yogurt.

  32. Tessa says:

    What a beautiful dessert! I’ve never made panna cotta before so this is a must try!

  33. It looks so luscious! I love panna cotta and I love even more how few ingredients it has and what simple dessert it would be for company. You definitely are right about that. Having an easy but impressive dessert at the ready for guests is a must have when entertaining. Take care Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Geni, for your lovely compliment. I do think this is a perfect dessert for entertaining. A few ingredients that are quickly put together, can be made the day before, and is pretty and delicious.

  34. afracooking says:

    I’ve tried my hand at panna cotta a few times but was never really happy with the result. Reading your post I decided to give it another go sometime and try your recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Afra, I think with panna cotta you have to experiment to find the one you like. I think it is all about texture and mouthfeel with this dessert. It is very easy to change the ingredients until you get it just to your liking.

  35. Lovely post and gorgeous photo, Karen. I love panna cotta and this looks absolutely delicious. Oddly, I never serve it to dinner guests. I probably need to fix that. ;)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Richard, for your nice compliment…I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photo. Definitely share this dessert with your friends!

  36. Purely.. Kay says:

    Oh my goodness.. I am in complete drool mood after seeing your strawberry sauce. I can’t wait to make panna cotta and this sauce. This sauce actually would go great on any dessert.

  37. Fabulously simple and tasty…
    And anything would taste good in those lovely dishes! ;)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marie, for your lovely compliment about the panna cotta and my hobnail dessert cups. I was lucky to find the pretty little set of dishes.

  38. Delicious! Loved your dish for serving the panna cotta, it has a classic quality to it!

  39. Paula B says:

    Looking forward to giving this a try!

  40. A beautiful post, stunning glassware (vintage Moonstone Opalescent!) and mainly, dessert which pleases the palate with its texture and taste. I had this dessert many times, but did not know its name until just a few years ago, when served on the ship as one of the trios of ‘desserts of desserts’ called ‘ménage à trois’ ;) I always wanted to make it, but never looked for its recipe. Now, I have no excuse, with what I see here. Thank you, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Fae, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and learned the name of the dessert that you have enjoyed in the past. I’m glad that you like my dessert cups…I do enjoy them.

  41. lulu says:

    We are so often on a similar page. I just made panna cotta with a different topping and took photos for a sometime post. Love it because it is as easy as it is good.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, Don’t you just love how easy it is to make something that is so delicious. I’ll enjoy seeing how you served yours at a later date.

  42. I also love to prepare as much as possible for dinner parties in advance and dessert is definitely something you can plan to have ready and in the fridge. No last minute crepes for me!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, I’m happy that you agree with my thinking on entertaining. I believe that dinner parties are more pleasant when you have have most everything thing done in advance. I’m with you about no last minute crepes. :)

  43. This is a dessert I’ve never tried. Partly as I stay clear of many dairy products – except cheese, as I can’t do without it! Love the idea of the balsamic with the strawberries. And do love your dessert bowls!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johnny, I know that a lot of people have a problem with dairy. I totally agree with you about cheese, especially the ones that I enjoy each year when we are in Europe….I could never give them up. I think you will enjoy adding balsamic to strawberries. The dessert bowls were a find at an antique fair…thank you for your compliment.

  44. Eha says:

    I have seen panna cotta served in so many different ways but never quite as beautifully as you have: these are little masterpieces one would hesitate to touch! As I also but rarely eat dessert, I am quite taken by Namiko-san’s idea of the beautiful strawberries on top of yogurt! Happy Easter Karen to you and yours!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Eha. I’m the same as you…I only have dessert if we are entertaining. I agree that the strawberry sauce would be delicious on top of yogurt. I hope you have a lovely Easter as well.

  45. I love the combo of balsamic vinegar and strawberries and used an almost identical strawberry treatment once for a panna cotta that contained yogurt, of all things. Still…it was good. But not nearly as pretty as these.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Victoria. I’m glad that you liked my presentation. I know that yogurt and sour cream can be substituted for part of the cream for a little tang in the panna cotta. I’ll experiment with those as well…that is what is fun about this dessert.

  46. juliana says:

    You made one of my favorite dessert…and with perfection! Next time I will need to try with balsamic vinegar with the strawberries.
    Hope you are having a great week Karen :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I’m glad that you enjoy panna cotta as much as I do. I think that you will like the balsamic vinegar and strawberry combination. Thank you for you compliment and wish. I hope you have a lovely week as well.

  47. I love your addition of balsamic to the strawberries. Perfect dolce! Did you try to un-mold your dessert? I always have the worst luck with that even if I run under water, etc. I think I like your idea to just serve in pretty glasses.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bam, I try to live a stress free life so I prefer not to unmold the panna cotta :) especially when I am having dinner guests. Pretty glasses or cups works when I’m entertaining and when I’m making them for just the two of us, I use custard cups. I love the combination of balsamic and strawberries…it works so well.

  48. Love panna cotta! It looks delish with balsamic berry sauce.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, I think you would enjoy the balsamic strawberry sauce with the panna cotta…it is a nice combination. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  49. I adore panna cotta AND strawberries with balsamic vinegar – they’re such an elegant pairing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I agree with you that panna cotta and the strawberry sauce are wonderful together.

  50. Very sexy looking dessert, Karen. Looks perfect.

  51. I have heard of this but never seen it…something I must try soon!!

  52. Joanne says:

    Making panna cotta intimidates me a bit but one of htese days I’ll do it! That sauce sounds absolutely lovely!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Joanne, Once you make panna cotta, you will wonder why it intimidated you as it is probably the simplest dessert every. Make the sauce as well…it is delicious. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  53. Maureen says:

    Isn’t panna cotta the best dessert? Make ahead, heaps of ways to jazz it up. I love this post and those photos have left me wanting. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m glad you liked the post and photo. I have to agree with you on all points…panna cotta is a simple dessert to prepare and delicious to eat. :)

  54. A big panna cotta fan here too! I think that it’s such a crowd pleasing dessert :D

  55. I’m sure it did impress your guests as much as it impressed me. I love the looks of that & what a beautiful way to serve it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m happy that you like the panna cotta recipe and how I served it. I do think it is a pretty and delicious dessert. Thank you for your compliment.

  56. Karista says:

    What’s lovely and delicious looking dessert Karen. Love!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Karista, for your lovely compliment. I appreciate you taking time away from your family to spend a few minutes with me. Take care and I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter.

  57. ChgoJohn says:

    This is such a great dessert, Karen, and I appreciate your advice for using a combination of milk and heavy cream and tips for unmoulding. Last Summer, I preserved strawberries with balsamic and black pepper and have since used it as a dessert topping. The strawberries and balsamic hit all of the notes your tasty sauce does but there’s a little peppery surprise in the finish.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post…panna cotta is easy to experiment to get just the right taste and texture that is your personal preference. I do agree with you about adding black and even cayenne pepper to this sauce. I like to do the same thing with chocolate sauces.

  58. A gorgeous, restaurant-quality dessert that’s easy to prepare at home? Count me in! – - the balsamic strawberry sauce sounds heavenly :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen, This is the easiest dessert that you can make and it looks so pretty. No reason to wait until you go to a restaurant to have this dessert. Thank you so much for your lovely compliment.

  59. Look how many comments you have here…and no wonder with such a beautiful recipe. This is on my “to make very soon” list :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Tanya, for your lovely compliment. Yes, it seems that everyone enjoys this recipe. I think we all like to have something in our dessert repertoire that is simple to put together and everyone will enjoy. I think you will like the panna cotta with the strawberry sauce.

  60. Kristy says:

    Would you believe that I have not had panna cotta before. With all the Italian restaurants we frequent and as much as I make Italian in our home, this has never been something I’ve made or ordered. The strawberry balsamic sauce is sure to be a hit here, so perhaps it’s time for me to try some panna cotta. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, Knowing how much you enjoy Italian food, I’m surprised that you haven’t tried panna cotta before. I’m happy that I have introduced you to this very popular Italian dessert. I believe that you and your family would enjoy this easy to prepare dessert…especially with the strawberry sauce.

  61. Susan says:

    I have yet to make a panna cotta but if there is any inspiration to try it, it’s your beautiful photos of it and the sauce you chose. It looks delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Susan, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy to know that I have inspired you to try panna cotta. I really believe that you will like this dessert. The balsamic strawberry sauce is a nice accompaniment that I think you will enjoy.

  62. Gourmantine says:

    Oh, how I love a good panna cotta and they are so versatile to work with. The balsamic strawberry sauce sounds heavenly indeed :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Gourmantine, I’m happy that you love panna cotta as much as I do. I do think the strawberry sauce goes perfectly with this dessert. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  63. Kathy says:

    Have never heard of panna cotta before, Karen. So often you share such interesting creations here. The sauce has my mouth watering right now and I just ate dinner!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathy, I’m glad that I have been able to introduce you to some new and delicious recipes. This is such an easy dessert to prepare and delicious…especially with the strawberry sauce.

  64. Realmente fácil ,lindo y delicioso es mi postre preferido muy irresistible,saludos desde el sur de Chile hugs,hugs.

  65. Beautiful panna cotta, I love strawberries with balsamic!

  66. Amy Tong says:

    I love Panna Cotta to start with…and top off with balsamic strawberry sauce? To die for. I love the vibrant red color and contrast of the white. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, It is nice to know that you enjoy panna cotta. I agree with you that the sauce not only gives a pretty color to the dessert but it’s delicious as well. Thank you for your compliment.

  67. Gosh that is beautiful Karen! The color is so pretty :-)

  68. Tandy says:

    I also want to have fuss free dinner parties and this dessert is perfect to achieve that!

  69. ramblingtart says:

    I love simple dishes like this, Karen. They are so beautiful and creamy and a pleasure to make and eat. Lovely. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krista, I think that some of the simple dishes can be some of the best as their flavors seem to come though so well. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  70. Now this is different and it looks so good. I love your photos of it too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, Panna cotta is a delicious dessert that I think you would enjoy…especially with the strawberry sauce. I’m happy that you like the recipe and photo…thank you for your nice compliment.

  71. Lidia says:

    I LOVE Panna Cotta! But of course, being Italian, I LOVE everything Italian! :) Will definitely give this a try. Thanks for visiting!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your visit, Lidia. I’m happy that you like the recipe…once you try this dessert, I think it will become a favorite. Thank you for your nice comment. I look forward to your return.

  72. susanelester says:

    Wow, Karen. It’s hard to believe this dessert can be so simple to make – I always thought it was mysterious – one of those things I’d order out because I’d never make at home.

    I will definitely have to try this – your Depression Glass is so elegant and beautiful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, After you make this dessert, you will wonder why you never tried it before…it is possibly the easiest dessert you will ever make. Thank you for your compliment…I’m glad you like my little Depression Glass dessert cups. They were a little treasure that I found at an outdoor antique fair on one of our little adventures…I love them.

  73. We are both on a “simple is best” wavelength Karen! This looks delicious and I had no idea Panna Cotta was so simple – you describe it as silky which is exactly the right word. Wishing you a very happy easter

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, Simple is best…especially when entertaining. Panna cotta is probably the easiest dessert there is and to top it off, it is so delicious. I hope you have a wonderful easter as well.

  74. adinparadise says:

    This looks lovely, and sounds really delicious, Karen. Thanks so much for your recipe. :)

  75. Hi Karen.. We are new followers.. Love everything we have seen so far. Panna Cotta is our weakness. We always have it when its on a menu in a restaurant!!

    Hope you checkout our blog.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cristy and Michael, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed my blog and the recipe for the panna cotta. I look forward to your future visits.

  76. Donalyn says:

    What a wonderful combination – strawberry and balsamic and the cool creaminess of panna cotta? Yum!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Donalyn, for your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the combination of the strawberry sauce with the panna cotta. I think the two flavors and textures go well together.

  77. Looks so pretty! Love the color: strawberries surely are colorful, whether fresh or mashed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julia, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy that you like the recipe…the strawberry sauce goes so well with the panna cotta.

  78. Claudia says:

    You are giving me spring you wonderful person. When in Bologna at a small restaurant – I asked the chef to surprise me with any dessert. He gave me panna cotta because he said it was classic Bolognese. I was disappointed because I made it often. Then I tasted it. It was perfect. So I shall strive for perfection with your recipe – because oo la la – those berries!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Claudia, for your kind words. I’m happy that you enjoyed my recipe for panna cotta with the balsamic strawberry sauce. I think it is a delicious combination. I hope you will enjoy the recipe.

  79. Barbara says:

    Oh, I LOVE panda cotta! Any fruit works nicely, but basalmic strawberries have that elegant touch. Great dessert, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Barbara, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy to know that you like the balsamic strawberry sauce with the panna cotta. I think the flavor combination is so good plus it adds such a wonderful color to a while dessert.

  80. The strawberries looked heavenly in the market today! This panna cotta would be a perfect Easter dessert…love that these can be made ahead! The balsamic sauce sounds divine!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you for your nice compliment. This is a great dessert for making ahead of time. I was happy to find nice strawberries as well but if your market doesn’t have really ripe fresh strawberries, frozen will work fine for the sauce.

  81. Adri says:

    Panna Cotta is one of my absolute favorites. That soft creamy texture that just melts on the tongue is divine. Yours looks out of this world – and the balsamic strawberry sauce, well it doesn’t get any better or more elegant than that. Complimenti!

    • Karen says:

      Thank yo Adri, for your lovely compliment. I agree with you about the silky texture of panna cotta…it is wonderful. There are lots of options for sauces but I like the balsamic strawberry sauce for its taste and color.

  82. Patty says:

    I haven’t made Panna Cotta in so many years!! I like the way you’ve served yours with the strawberry sauce – so pretty in your vintage glass dish ;-) This is a wonderful dessert for entertaining!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Patty, Isn’t it funny that there can be a dish that we enjoy but over time it gets overlooked. Panna cotta is perfect for entertaining as it is so simple to put together. I’m happy that you liked my presentation…thank you.

  83. wow I love this and especially the sauce think I will make and put over Greek yogurt

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rebecca, The balsamic strawberry sauce would go great on top of Greek yogurt…I think it is a very versatile sauce. Thank you for your compliment.

  84. Damn, i’m lovin it !
    I like it half frozen instead of chilling thou..

  85. We have been fans of panna cotta for years. Your recipe is outstanding and I’ll give it a try sometime next week. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, It is nice to know that you like my recipe for panna cotta and will be preparing it. I hope you enjoy the dessert. Thank you for your compliment and wish. Have a Happy Easter.

  86. Lovely image; simple but elegant dessert

  87. Hannah says:

    I adore panna cotta, Karen! What a stunning dessert, especially with your balsamic strawberry sauce. Your dessert cups are so pretty, too! Happy Easter!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Hannah, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy that you like my presentation of the panna cotta with the strawberry sauce. It is a pretty dessert to serve guests. I’m glad you like my dessert cups…I think they are lovely.

  88. mjskit says:

    I think I just figured out what I’ll be making for Bobby once he comes home from his trip. He is a HUGE fan of panna cotta and I love this one, especially with the strawberry topping. Unfortunately, I don’t have a beautiful little dish like yours. Great looking dessert!

    • Karen says:

      Hi M.J., I hope you and Bobby will enjoy the panna cotta with the strawberry topping. When I make this dessert for just my husband and myself, I use custard cups. Not as pretty as my dessert bowls but just as delicious. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  89. My Kitchen Stories says:

    You just cant go wrong with them can you Karen.Balsamic and Strawberries are the best of friends , just ask an Italian. I love your beautiful dessert cup and saucer

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tania, I agree with you about strawberries and balsamic vinegar going so well together. I remember the first time I enjoyed a bowl of small strawberries drizzled with a few drops of aged balsamic at a restaurant in Italy…delicious. I’m glad you like the dessert cup and saucer…I found the set at an outdoor antiques fair several years ago. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  90. Without a doubt, pannacotta is exactly as you describe. A delicious end to a meal, that isn’t too heavy, that adds a light texture tone cooked cream and has that little wobble we all know and love. I’d completely forgotten about how much (I loved) strawberries with balsamic vinegar. It’s been such I while since I ate those and with the season already (nearly) over, I’d better get the to the shops and soon. Thanks for that timely reminder and everything looks delicious, as always.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Alli, for your nice compliment. I’m happy that my post was timely. I think the strawberry sauce goes so well with the panna cotta. If you can’t find fresh strawberries for the sauce, perhaps you can find some organic frozen ones…they would work fine.

  91. Sophie33 says:

    I love panna cotta’s & yours looks tasty!

  92. megtraveling says:

    It’s so nice to have an elegant dessert that’s from northern Italy! I’ll have to think of when I can make this (soon) – thanks Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, Northern Italy has given us some wonderful dishes and panna cotta is one of my favorites. I’m glad that you like the dessert…thank you!

  93. Ooh, this sounds divine -I could go for this right now! What a perfect springtime dessert. =)

  94. this is a stunning dessert! i’m especially in love with that strawberry and balsamic sauce – gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenn and Seth, I’m happy that you like the dessert. The strawberry sauce is a nice addition not only for flavor but its bright color as well. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  95. Carolyn Jung says:

    An all-cream panna cotta is definitely an indulgence. I actually love it made with buttermilk for that nice tang.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, Yes…panna cotta made with all cream is very indulgent but served in a small portion is delicious. I think the buttermilk would give it a nice tang and a light texture as well.

  96. Rosa Mayland says:

    A divine spring dessert! Your panna cotta looks so delicious.

    Happy Easter!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Rosa, for your nice compliment. I do think this is a nice dessert for spring with its bright strawberry sauce. Now we need some springtime weather to go along with it. :)

  97. Lea Ann says:

    Panna Cotta has been on my “must make” list ever since I watched Ina make it. Plus it just looks so creamy delicious. Have I ever told you that I have many, many pieces of those dishes? Along with lots of other depression glass. I should use them more in my blog.

  98. rsmacaalay says:

    I would love to have this dessert anytime, simple yet elegant and delicious

  99. I just bought some gorgeous balsamic from Elsa the aged 12 yr one. This will be heavenly on top of the panna cotta.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, It is great that you have a good balsamic vinegar…I’m sure it is delicious. I have a very small bottle of thick aged balsamic that I brought back from Italy.

  100. Love the photos! And a very delish panna cotta, especially with balsamic strawbs!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kiran, for your nice compliment…I’m happy you enjoyed the photo. I think the balsamic strawberry sauce is a nice addition to the panna cotta.

  101. Karen, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter – the presentation of your panna cotta in your vintage glassware is beautiful and the idea of adding some balsamic to the strawberries sounds very creative to me! What a picture perfect presentation!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Andrea, Thank you for your wish…we had a lovely day with friends and I hope you did as well. I glad you liked the presentation of the panna cotta in the vintage dessert cups. I thought the white accents of the hobnail cups went nicely the the white panna cotta. I believe the balsamic vinegar enhances the sweetness of the strawberry sauce. I appreciate your very nice compliment as always.

  102. Balsamic strawberries are a match made in heaven…
    This is such a great idea…. Love!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Reem, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you agree with me about the balsamic strawberry sauce…I love it.

  103. That looks amazing. I recently tried a panna cotta with guava sauce and that was amazing. It’s very similar to your panna cotta, but I like your addition of the balsamic.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ducky, for your lovely compliment. I bet the guava sauce was terrific with panna cotta…I believe you would enjoy the balsamic sauce.

  104. Sissi says:

    Gorgeous spring dessert, Karen. Strawberries start appearing slowly, so I will be making lots of desserts with them soon too! Balsamic vinegar is a wonderful idea.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, I’m happy to know that you like this dessert. I think you would enjoy the sauce…I believe the balsamic vinegar enhances the flavor of the strawberries.

  105. cabinet stew says:

    WOW! Forget about that easy, delicious dessert ( just kidding) let’s talk about those gorgeous antique dishes! I have never seen such a thing – I will keep an eye out on my summer yard sale/flea market/antique shopping!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, I’m happy that you like the dishes. I’m found them at the Brimsfield antiques fair a couple of years ago and I love them. I think you will be able to find some…they are from the depression era and not that rare. I’m glad you like the dessert at well…thanks.

  106. Anonymous says:

    How delicious and refreshing that looks, Karen! It’s making me impatient for summer sweet strawberries. This cool, silky dessert after a long, hot summer day? Sounds good to me!

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy to know that you like the panna cotta. If you don’t want to wait for summer, you can use frozen strawberries for the sauce.

  107. jlaceda says:

    I just had panna cotta yesterday at a restaurant, and now, this! The universe may be trying to tell me something! I think I have to make some soon. Thanks for the inspiration…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen, I’m glad that my recipe has inspired you to make panna cotta…it is such an easy dessert to prepare and so good to eat. Thank you for your comment.

  108. flippenblog says:

    Ah! And so very pretty.

  109. Carolyn Chan says:

    Perfect combination !

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