This Italian seasoning recipe is a great way to improve your spice cabinet. You can use it in so many dishes, and it’s way better than the kind you’ll find in the grocery store.
One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to make my own spice blends. There’s something magical about seasoning food with a blend of spices that you made all on your own. Handmade spice blends taste a lot better than the kind you’ll buy at the grocery store, but it’s also just special to have your meal be extra homemade. This Italian seasoning recipe is one of my favorite spice blends to make, largely because I use it so much when I cook.
Italian seasoning is a common spice blend made up of dried herbs. I use it in a lot of recipes, for everything from seasoning sauces, to adding flavor to breading, to just sprinkling on top of food. There’s so much flavor from the dried herbs … even more than you would get if you used fresh herbs. If you’re not already cooking with Italian seasoning, then you’ve got to start. And if you already are, then it’s time to start making your own!
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Herb Blend
I always have a jar (or two!) of Italian seasoning on my spice rack. Here’s why I know you’ll love this recipe.
- Easy. Recipes seriously don’t get easier than this one. All you have to do is mix up the ingredients and you’re done! It’s the simplest way possible to elevate your cooking.
- Versatile. Even though Italian seasoning is meant to use when cooking, it also works as a great topping. I love to sprinkle some on top of pizza and pasta or put this herb blend in my sandwiches. And when I do cook with it, it gets used in more than just Italian recipes. It’s a versatile spice blend that gets a lot of use in my kitchen.
- Great gift. One of my go-to gifts is a homemade spice blend. People absolutely love homemade spices. Put some of this Italian seasoning in a cute spice jar with a ribbon on top, and you have a holiday gift that’s easy, cheap, and everyone will love.
Here are all of the ingredients that you’ll need to make this tasty herb blend. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page to see the quantities for each ingredient.
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Dried rosemary
- Dried thyme
- Dried marjoram
- Dried sage
How to Make Italian Seasoning
Here’s how to make this remarkably easy recipe.
- Mix. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl, and stir until they’re well mixed.
- Package. Place the Italian seasoning in a jar or bag, and you’re done!
Tips, Tricks, and Variations
This recipe is as simple as it gets, but I have a few tricks and variations that you can try.
- Don’t use old herbs. Dried herbs and spices lose some of their flavors over time. For best results, make this Italian seasoning with dried herbs that you have recently purchased.
- Buy bulk. Herbs and spices are almost always cheaper if you buy them at a store that sells them in bulk. If you buy your dried herbs in bulk, you’ll be able to make Italian seasoning for a fraction of what it costs in the grocery store.
- Add spice. If you want to add a little bit of heat to your Italian seasoning, just add some red chili flakes. Chili flakes and Italian herbs are a classic pairing, so it’s a great addition to this spice blend.
- Adjust to your tastes. Every spice company has a different recipe for their Italian seasoning herb blend. So feel free to change the recipe based on your tastes. If you really like certain herbs, add more of them, until the blend tastes perfect to you.
- Store in the dark. Make sure to store your homemade Italian seasoning in a dark place. That will ensure that the blend lasts for a long time, and maintains all of its flavor.
How to Use It
You can use this herb blend instead of dried herbs in most recipes. And it makes a great garnish on top of your favorite Italian foods. But Italian seasoning is also a featured ingredient in a lot of recipes. Here are a few of my favorite foods to make that use this blend of classic herbs.
- Italian Cheese Pull Apart Bread
- Italian Sausage Casserole
- Italian Chicken Meatballs
- Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Marry Me Chicken
- Stuffed Pepper Casserole
How to Store Italian Seasoning
After making this herb blend, store it in an airtight container in a dark place. You don’t want the Italian seasoning to be exposed to direct sunlight. Because it’s made of dried spices, this blend will last indefinitely. However, the flavors will start to fade and get a little stale, so I recommend using this homemade Italian seasoning within a year.
More Spice Blends and Mixes to Make
As I mentioned before, I love to make my own spice blends. Here are a few more blends, mixes, and seasonings that you can make at home.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Italian Dressing Mix
- Pork Chop Seasoning
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Ranch Dressing Mix
- Onion Soup Mix
- Homemade Brownie Mix
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 tablespoon dried sage
- Mix together all of the ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container in the pantry.
- Homemade Italian seasoning will last indefinitely, but it's best if used within a year.
- Add chili flakes if you want the herb blend to be spicy.
- To make the most affordable Italian seasoning, buy the herbs in bulk.
Amount Per Serving Calories 5Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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