This Italian seasoning recipe is full of dried herbs and spices, but no salt, so you can salt your dishes just how you like them! A handful of simple ingredients is all it takes to make a versatile Italian spice blend that will complement all of your favorite recipes! Go ahead and make extra so you always have it on hand when you need it!
Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend
It's not often that I find myself without a jar of Italian seasoning, but it always happens when I least expect it. If you find yourself in the same pickle, whip up a batch of Italian seasoning from scratch!
Don't settle for bland food. Grab some measuring spoons and open up your spice cabinet. You'll have an incredibly versatile Italian seasoning in minutes!
Make sure to take a look at all of my homemade spice blends and seasoning mixes to round out your recipes!
? Italian Seasoning Ingredients
All the ingredients in Italian seasoning are commonly found in your spice cabinet. It's just a matter of mixing them together!
- Basil - 2 tablespoons of dried basil.
- Oregano - 2 tablespoons of dried oregano.
- Rosemary - 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary.
- Parsley - 2 tablespoons of parsley. Use dried parsley flakes, even if you love to garnish with more fresh parsley!
- Thyme - 1 tablespoon of dried thyme.
- Red Chili Flakes - 1 tablespoon of red chili flakes. More or less depending on your need for heat. Omit entirely if you are cooking for anyone that prefers mild seasoning.
- Garlic Powder - 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. If you have garlic powder with parsley in it (Lawry's is one of many brands that do this), you can use it without making any adjustments.
- Marjoram - 1 teaspoon of marjoram. Most commercial Italian seasonings that you can buy in the store have marjoram as a main ingredient.
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? How To Make Italian Seasoning
It may not be more efficient to make Italian seasoning from scratch, but it's worth it if it saves you a trip to the store. There are only 2 steps, and measuring takes the most time!
This recipe will yield slightly more than ? cup of seasoning, so you can easily store it and save it for when you need it!
- Mix. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients (2 tablespoons each of basil, oregano, and parsley, 1 tablespoon each of rosemary, thyme, and red pepper flakes then 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder and marjoram). Then whisk together until mixed thoroughly.
- Season. Once mixed, store your seasoning in the appropriate container for later use, or use it in a recipe right away!
I whipped up this seasoning the other day to make my stuffed Italian sausages and spaghetti bolognese, and both dishes turned out phenomenal! The classic flavors blend perfectly into any Italian dish. Enjoy!
? Angela's Tips & Recipe Notes
- The longevity of your seasoning blend really depends on how fresh the herbs that you used were. Make sure you are using the freshest spices possible in order to ensure the maximum shelf life.
- If your spice blend has been stored for a while, give it a good shake before using it!
- I love the spice contributed by the crushed red pepper flakes. You can easily add some more for a spicier mixture or omit them altogether if your family is not a fan of the heat.
Keep your Italian seasoning in a jar or airtight container for up to 6 months. No need to refrigerate, a pantry or cabinet will do.
Your seasoning blend can likely store much longer than 6 months. However, the potency will decrease over time. This will happen at varying rates, depending on when each of your herbs and spices used to make the mix was originally packaged.
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Italian seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is, ironically, not usually found in Italian stores! This spice mix typically consists of basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and marjoram. However, the actual blend may vary based on the brand.
If you don't have any Italian seasoning on hand and don't have these ingredients, simply using dried basil or oregano will work. Take a look at these Italian seasoning substitutes for tons of great options!
Italian seasoning can be used to add flavors to a ton of different dishes! You can add it to your meat mixture for making meatballs, combine it with some oil for dipping bread, or use it in a marinade for some extra flavor! Of course, you can always sprinkle it over top your favorite Italian recipes as well (such as pizza!)
? Awesome Italian Recipes!
- Italian Sausage Bake - A hearty casserole made up of pasta, Italian sausage, cheese, sauce, and basil!
- Smoked Shrimp in Italian Meatballs - A tasty appetizer of shrimp that is stuffed into Italian meatballs!
- Baked Eggplant Parmesan - A vegetarian twist on the classic chicken Parmesan!
- Pasta e Fagioli Soup - A favorite at Olive Garden, this soup is even better when it is homemade!
- Chicken Parmesan Sandwich - Enjoy all of the flavors from chicken Parmesan but on a sandwich!
- Baked Italian Meatballs - These savory and delicious meatballs are baked in the oven for an extra easy dish!
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- Add basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, red chili flakes, garlic powder, and marjoram to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.2 tablespoon basil, 2 tablespoon oregano, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 2 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon red chili flakes, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon marjoram
- Use seasoning right away, or store in an airtight container.
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- Your Italian seasoning blend can likely store much longer than 6 months. However, the potency will decrease over time.
- This will happen at varying rates, depending on when each of your herbs and spices used to make the mix was originally packaged.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!
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