Lemon Panna Cotta


Panna Cotta is an old treat from the mountains of Italy, and you'll be so surprised how incredibly easy it is to make. It's luscious, has a silky texture, refreshing with subtle lemon flavor, and a great choice for family dinners or special company. Feel free to garnish with any fresh fruit that's in season if you desire.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package powdered gelatin (such as Knox®)

  • 3 cups heavy cream

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon zest, divided

  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®) (Optional)


  1. Place lemon juice in a small bowl and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over it. Let stand for about 15 minutes until gelatin softens.

  2. Combine heavy cream, sugar, and 2 tablespoons lemon zest in a saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer. Whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in orange liqueur.

  3. Strain the cream mixture into a medium bowl and divide evenly among small glass bowls or ramekins.

  4. Place uncovered panna cottas into the refrigerator until set, at least 4 hours. If time permits, cover the bowls with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

  5. Garnish with remaining lemon zest before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

488 Calories
44g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 27g 137%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 94mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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