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How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

HOMEMADE Italian Seasoning Mix is a perfect combination of FRAGRANT spices and herbs that will make a great addition to any recipe.

close up of italian seasoning in a bowl

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Italian Seasoning Mix recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Toss the store-bought seasoning mix full of preservatives and anti-caking additives, make your own 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.

So, what do you do when you don’t have a spice blend? Make your own!

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closeup of italian seasoning in a bowl being scooped out

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.

  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • basil
  • 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.

STEP ONE: Add all the spices to a bowl and stir to mix evenly.

STEP TWO: Store in an air tight container until ready to use.

STEP THREE: Add to marinades, sauces, dressings, and dipping oils.

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.

mix the spices in a bowl before storing

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What do you use Italian Seasoning for?

dipping a piece of bread in oil with Italian seasoning

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!

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italian seasoning on a small dish before olive oil is mixed in

Other great Spice Blend recipes to try!

close up of italian seasoning in a bowl

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make your own Italian Seasoning Mix and save money with ingredients that you probably already have in your spice cabinet!


  • 1/2 tablespoon Rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Basil
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon Marjoram


  1. Mix all together.
  2. Store in an airtight container away from the light.
  3. When ready to use, measure out desired amount and crush a little in your hand.
  4. 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: 2Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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