Recipes by Anita Jacobson

Anita layers flavors and textures in the food she makes, creating Italian dishes that are subtly creative and adventurous.
  • Primavera

    Pasta with Alfredo Sauce

    Pancetta and anchovy fillets complement the saltiness of the Alfredo sauce while deepening the flavor.

  • Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Parmesan with Caponata

    Sweet and sour caponata—a mix of eggplant, capers, olives, celery and tomatoes—intensifies the flavors in Anita's version.

  • Baked Pasta

    Eggplant & Cheese Timbale

    Rich layers of sausage, cheese and pasta sit atop an elegant eggplant "crust."

  • Slow Food & Braising

    Braised Lamb Shanks

    Sweet potatoes are complemented by the addition of cinnamon and honey.

  • Small Plates

    Creamed Spinach on Polenta

    This simple appetizer elevates spinach dip to something more elegant and only takes 20 minutes to make.

  • Spaghetti & Meatballs

    Baked Meatballs in Tomato-Lime Sauce

    Breadcrumbs give Anita's meatballs texture while zesty lime, spicy-sweet cumin and earthy turmeric further season the sauce.

  • Pizza

    Pita Pizzas

    Roasted red peppers, aromatic garlic, and creamy ricotta lend a flavorful flair to pocket pizzas.

  • Shellfish & Seafood


    Fennel and Bertolli® Marinara with Burgundy red wine sweeten up this mix of fish and shellfish.

Anita Jacobson

More About Anita Jacobson

Anita is a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals (she took her test the same day as Julia Child) and has been a top instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education for 20 years, which is ranked the nation’s top vocational school by the IACP. She has also taught children’s cooking classes, and helped establish a cooking school in Budapest with Hungarian TV star Judit Stahl.

Her passion for cooking extends beyond teaching to a greater desire to help others. Anita set up emergency food services for 9/11 relief workers and organized food deliveries to fire houses in the area during the aftermath. Anita is also an active supporter in encouraging children and young people to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

Anita enjoys traveling and resides with her husband Steve on Long Island, NY. They have two grown children and three grand children.