Italian seasoning is a versatile blend of dried herbs that is super easy to make and customize to your preferences. This simple homemade spice blend is a staple to have on hand to add flavor to sauces, pasta, soup, and more.
Making your own seasoning blends is one of the easiest things you can do to level up your cooking and save money in the long run.
Why You Will Love Homemade Italian Seasoning
- Adds Incredible Flavor. This recipe for Italian Seasoning is made with a combination of dried herbs that create the perfect combination of earthy, floral, pungent, sweet, and savory flavors.
- Versatile Spice Blend. Italian Seasoning is an obvious choice for flavoring Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Instant Pot Italian Beef, and Minestrone, but it also is a great seasoning blend for potatoes, fish, chicken, and bread.
- Speeds Up Cooking. When you have a perfectly balanced spice blend on hand, you can quickly add it to recipes for the perfect ratio of dried spices and flavor, rather than having to take the time to measure out individual spices.
- Customizable. This Italian Seasoning recipe allows you to customize the dried spices to to your personal taste preferences and using the ingredients you have on hand.
- Cost Effective. Buying individual spices and making your own homemade spice blends will typically cost you less in the long run than purchasing pre-packaged blends. Italian Seasoning is made with simple ingredients that you likely have on hand right now.
- Salt-Free. This homemade blend, as with most store-bought Italian Spice Blends, is made without the addition of salt. That allows you to add flavor while controlling the amount of added sodium.
Spices In Italian Seasoning
Italian Seasoning is a simple blend of the following dried herbs. Feel free to adjust the spices as desired based on your personal preferences or what you have on hand.
- Dried Oregano: Be sure to use dried oregano that is labeled simply Oregano, Greek Oregano, or Mediterranean Oregano, not Mexican Oregano, as the flavor of Mexican Oregano is different.
- Dried Rosemary: Use dried rosemary leaves, not ground rosemary.
- Dried Thyme: Use dried thyme leaves, not ground thyme.
- Dried Marjoram: Marjoram is a dried spice you may not have in your pantry. And while it adds a nice citrus, almost pine-like taste. Feel free to add in additional oregano in place of marjoram.
- Red Pepper Flakes: It is completely optional to add in red pepper flakes. It adds a subtle layer of spice, that complements the other seasonings well. If you are sensitive to heat, omit or reduce the amount of red pepper flakes added.
- Garlic Powder: In my book garlic is essential for all Italian dishes and so I prefer adding it to my Homemade Italian Seasoning for additional flavor. If you don't care for garlic, feel free to omit it from the seasoning blend.
- Dried Basil
- Dried Parsley
∗ important to remember ∗
For optimum flavor, be sure you use dried herbs that are no more than 6 months old. As spices sit in the pantry, they begin to lose their flavor.
Making and Storing Italian Seasoning
Preparing Italian Seasoning is as easy as mixing the spices together until evenly distributed.
Once you have mixed together the spices, transfer the Italian Seasoning to an airtight container and store it in an dark, cool spot (like a pantry or spice cabinet) for up to 6 months.
How to Use Italian Seasoning
Italian Seasoning is truly an all-purpose seasoning blend that will add earthy, floral, citrus, and savory notes to endless dishes. Below are some of my favorite ways to use this seasoning.
- To Season Soups: Italian Seasoning adds amazing flavor to Italian Wedding Soup, Instant Pot Minestrone, or Lasagna Soup.
- To Season Potatoes: Toss potatoes with olive oil and Italian seasoning and roast for delicious Roasted Red Potatoes or Air Fryer Potatoes.
- To Season Proteins: Make amazing Italian Sausage with dried Italian seasoning or use it to flavor Instant Pot Italian Beef, chicken, or pork.
- Add Flavor to Pasta: Toss cooked pasta with olive oil or butter and a bit of Italian Seasoning for a quick meal or add to Kale Pasta or Tuscan White Bean Pasta.
- To Add to Meatballs or Meatloaf: Season your Italian Meatballs or Pizza Meatloaf with Italian seasoning for a punch of flavor.
- To make an incredible potato salad. Make a light and zesty Italian Potato Salad using this homemade blend of spices.
- To Season Bread: Whether you add a teaspoon or two to the dough to make Italian Bread or Pizza Bread, or use it to season olive oil or butter for dipping.
More Homemade Spice Blends
- Adobo Seasoning
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- Old Bay Seasoning Recipe
- Ranch Seasoning
- Dried Onion Soup Mix
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
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- In a medium bowl, combine the together oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, marjoram, and crushed red pepper flakes, until everything is well distributed.
- Transfer the mixture to an airtight container or jar, to keep the moisture out of the seasoning, and store it in your pantry for up to 6 months.