Behind some of the worlds most loved Italian recipes is Italian seasoning. We teach you how to make your own homemade Italian seasoning, which is so easy. This is the perfect blend of herbs and spices and a little taste of Italy!
Why you’ll love our Italian seasoning
What’s in Italian seasoning?
In our version, we use a good blend of herbs, we combine basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage.
Once you’ve made your own homemade Italian seasoning, you’ll never buy another jar again. It takes 6 ingredients and 3 minutes to make and is the perfect seasoning mix for hundreds of recipes.
Homemade spice blends save you time
How many times have you searched in your spice rack for basil, oregano, marjoram, and all the other dried herbs that a recipe called for?
If you’re anything like us, time is of the essence, you want everything to be quick, easy, and right there when you want it.
That’s where making homemade Italian seasoning comes in.
Making your own Italian seasonings mean that, your spice blends, the way YOU like them, will always be on your spice rack when you need them.
No more trips to the store to buy an expensive Italian seasoning blend, no more countless jars on the shelf.
This is a lifesaver and it’s so quick and easy to make!
Once you start making your own seasoning mixes, you’ll never want to buy shop bought again.
Does it taste different from store-bought?
Yes, it does, because you have full control of what goes in your homemade Italian seasoning.
You’ll find a lot of extra ingredients in different brands of seasoning blends.
Red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes are often found in store-bought seasoning jars.
We alter the amount of these dried herbs depending on the recipe we’re making.
Taste, and keep tasting your seasoning mix
When you are developing your own homemade Italian seasoning mix to use in your favorite recipes, keep tasting it, until it’s exactly what you are looking for.
Add a little to your recipe and taste, and refine your own recipe to the ratios of each of the herbs that you like until you’ve created your own seasoning that’s perfect for you.
Should I use fresh herbs or dry herbs?
Different recipes call for different herbs.
For example, in a fresh Caprese pasta salad, we use fresh basil, it’s a fresh, light pasta salad so you really can’t beat the flavor of fresh basil leaves in it and you really wouldn’t want to be using dried basil here.
But if you have a dish that is going to be cooked in the oven like our easy, cheesy pasta al forno or on the stove like pasta alla Norma, then dried herbs will be best because if you cook fresh herbs for too long, then they lose their flavor.
If you are substituting fresh for dry herbs, then the general rule of thumb is that for one tablespoon of fresh, substitute for one teaspoon of dry herbs.
For example, if a recipe calls for one tablespoon of fresh oregano, you would substitute it for one teaspoon of dried oregano, it’s that easy.
For your homemade Italian seasoning, we recommend that you buy the best quality dry herbs you can afford, catering supply stores often sell large packs, so it can work out a really cost-effective way to make it, especially as so many pasta dishes benefit from the seasoning blends.
What do you use the seasoning for?
There are so many dishes that you would use Italian seasoning in, pasta dishes are an obvious choice, but you could also use it to season air fryer zucchini fries, on pizza, in pasta sauces, on roasted potatoes, in soups, in marinades and vegetarian burgers, in cheesy herby bread, and lasagne’s, it’s so versatile!
How do you store it?
Our homemade Italian seasoning will keep in an airtight container or a sealed jar for up to 2 years, so you can easily make a big batch to use throughout the year.
Recipe notes and expert tips
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If you like our Italian seasoning, then you should try these easy recipes.
How to make Italian seasoning from scratch with step-by-step instructions
Our Italian seasoning recipe is so easy to make, just follow our simple instructions and you’ll soon be adding it to your Italian dishes.
Full measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the printable recipe card below.
In a small bowl or jar, add dried oregano, dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried rosemary, dried sage, and dried basil.
Mix them all together until they are fully combined and either use immediately or store them in an airtight jar on your spice rack.
We told you it was an easy recipe!
We hope that you enjoy making our homemade Italian seasoning and we’d love to hear how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below or feel free to ask any questions!
QUICK ITALIAN SEASONING
- 1½ tsp Dried oregano
- 1 tsp Dried thyme
- 1 tsp Dried marjoram
- ½ tsp Dried rosemary
- ½ tsp Dried sage
- ½ tsp Dried basil
- In a small bowl or jar, add dried oregano, dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried rosemary, dried sage, and dried basil1½ tsp Dried oregano, 1 tsp Dried thyme, 1 tsp Dried marjoram, ½ tsp Dried rosemary, ½ tsp Dried sage, ½ tsp Dried basil
- Mix them all together until they are fully combined and either use immediately or store them in an airtight jar on your spice rack
- We told you it was an easy recipe!
Play around with the quantities of the dried herbs so that you get the perfect spice blend for you
• Make it even more cost-effective
Go to a catering supplier and buy large packets of herbs and spices and make a big batch of Italian seasoning
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