Last updated on November 1st, 2019 at 06:48 pm
Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix is a perfect combination of spices and herbs that will make a great addition to any recipe. Forget the store-bought seasoning mix full of preservatives and anti-caking additives, make your own Italian Seasoning at home with spices from your cabinet to use as a dressing mix or spices for a bread dipping oil!
The other day I was making my mom Kathy’s World Famous Garlic Knots and I started digging through my spice cabinet to find some Italian Seasoning and came up empty. I use it quite a bit, so I had to look in my secondary spice cabinet/closet where I keep my bulk spices.
You know the one I’m talking about. The one that houses the 55-gallon drums of spices that you get when you shop at Costco, along with your 50lb cheese wheel and the 120 roll case of toilet paper that you won’t need after you eat all the cheese.
Well, I thought I had some in my cabinet because I remember actually buying some, but couldn’t find it. I did find all 7 bottles of soy sauce that I had…
So, what do you do when you don’t have a spice blend? Make your own!
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Just take me to the Italian Spice Mix Recipe Already!
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What is in Italian Seasoning?
Luckily, I had all the individual spices that I needed so I whipped up a batch and went back to my garlic knots! I started with the usual spices that make up Italian spices like rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano.
Some Italian Seasoning recipes contain garlic powder, or salt and pepper, or red pepper flakes, but those have such a subjective taste that I tend to leave those out because not everyone would use or like them.
Especially in the quantities that I would use them in. Plus, the recipe that I needed it for already contains an obscene amount of garlic. It really doesn’t need those extra grains of garlic powder.
How to Make Italian Seasoning
Making a homemade spice mix like an Italian Seasoning is easy and will save you money in the long run because most home cooks have all the individual ingredients in their spice closets anyway.
The other spice mixes that I like to make are my Jerk Seasoning, Greek Seasoning because I love all things Mediterranean and my All-Purpose Steakhouse Seasoning. I put it on just about everything so I make a really ginormous batch when I run out.
If you like making your own spice blends, these jars are the best for storage because they are reusable and air-tight. The marker I use to label them wipes right off too.
What do you use Italian Seasoning for?
- spaghetti sauce
- bread dipping oil
- dry rub for chicken
- garlic bread topping
What can replace Italian Seasoning?
What if I don’t have Italian Seasoning at home or all of the ingredients to make the spice blend? That’s no problem! Just mix equal parts of black pepper, dried basil, garlic powder, dried marjoram, onion powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, dried rosemary, and dried thyme.
If you don’t have one or more of these just use the others. Most people don’t have marjoram in their spice cabinet unless it came with the spice rack “kit” that everyone has. It’s ok to leave it out. Marjoram is a floral spice so feel free to add more oregano or basil depending on your palette.
This Italian Seasoning Recipe has all the same great spices that is in McCormicks Italian Seasoning so don’t worry that your mix won’t be as good. It will be better! Just be sure to store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
Is Italian Seasoning Healthy?
It totally is! Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, Paleo, Keto, Whole30 and contains the herbs and spices that are perfect for a marinade or salad dressing!
other great uses for dried herbs
Other great Spice Blend recipes to try!
- All-Purpose Steak Seasoning
- All Purpose BBQ Chicken Rub
- Caribbean Seasoning
- Copycat Cavender’s Greek Seasoning
- Everything but the Bagel
- Not as Spicy Shawarma Spice
- All Purpose Filipino Adobo Seasoning
- Poultry Seasoning
- The Best Cajun Seasoning
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Easy Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
- 1/2 tablespoon Rosemary
- 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 2 tablespoons Oregano
- 1 tablespoon Basil
- 1 tablespoon Thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon Marjoram
- Mix all together.
- Store in an airtight container away from the light.
- When ready to use, measure out desired amount and crush a little in your hand.
- This brings out the oils in the spices and enhances their flavors!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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