Why you’ll love this recipe:
This homemade Italian seasoning recipe features the perfect blend of earthy, sweet, and savory flavors that complement all your favorite meals. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love this DIY Italian seasoning:
- Budget-friendly – This recipe comes together with simple, pantry staple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
- Quick – Just combine all the ingredients, give them a good mix, and your seasoning is ready to go!
- Versatile – Use it to add flavor to all your favorite dishes like Instant Pot minestrone soup, cauliflower casserole, and chicken thighs.
You’ll never go back to store-bought Italian seasoning mixes again! I highly recommend keeping a batch on hand for quick meals that taste great.
Key Ingredient Notes:
The beauty of making your own homemade Italian seasoning recipe is that you can adjust the ingredients and ratios to fit your preferences. Here are the basic components you’ll need:
- Oregano – This is a strong, aromatic herb that forms the base of the seasoning. Make sure you’re using dried oregano instead of fresh varieties!
- Dried basil – This spice provides a balance of sweet and savory flavors with hints of anise and mint.
- Dried parsley – Included for a bit of earthiness, dried parsley has a much more subtle flavor than its fresh counterpart.
- Garlic powder – Everything tastes better with garlic! Adjust the amount used to suit your flavor preferences.
- Dried rosemary – Provides a slightly piney, peppery taste that adds depth to the savory taste of the seasoning.
- Dried thyme – Robust and earthy, thyme has an almost minty quality that provides refreshing notes that lighten the otherwise heavy herbs and spices.
- Dried marjoram – Similar to oregano, this adds qualities of sweetness that pair well with pretty much every dish.
- Red pepper flakes – I only use ½ teaspoon for just a hint of spice that doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. However, you can add as little or as much as you’d like!
How to make homemade Italian seasoning recipe:
You can whip up this DIY Italian seasoning in less time than it takes to run to the store. Seriously! The part that takes the longest is simply gathering the ingredients.
- Step 1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
- Step 2. Transfer the mixture to a spice jar, and you’re done!
Dried herb mixes stay fresh for a long time! So, it’s important to store them correctly to extend their lifespan and get the most bang for your buck.
For the best results, transfer your homemade Italian seasoning mix to a spice jar or airtight container. It will stay fresh in a dark, dry place like a pantry or cupboard for up to 6 months.
I know it can be tempting to keep it out on the counter for easy reach. However, if you do so, you’ll want to keep your Italian seasoning as far away from the oven or direct heat as possible.
You’ll know your seasoning blend has gone bad when it’s no longer aromatic and flavorful.
How to use this homemade Italian seasoning:
If you run out of Italian seasoning, you can replicate the flavors with simple mixes of herbs and spices such as:
½ teaspoon dried oregano + ½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano + ¼ teaspoon dried thyme + ¼ teaspoon dried basil
The flavor won’t be exactly the same as if you used a homemade Italian seasoning, but it will be close if you’re in a pinch.
According to the ingredient label, the items included in store-bought Italian seasoning are marjoram, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, savor, and sage.
Most, if not all, Italian dishes contain basil, oregano, and garlic. Each ingredient has its own distinct flavor that sets Italian food and, in this case, Italian seasoning apart from other cuisines.
Homemade Italian Seasoning
- 1 spice jar
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes
- Mix all the spices together and put it in a spice jar.
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