Out of your favorite blend? Looking for a DIY version of your favorite seasoning? Look no further. This homemade Italian seasoning blend recipe is easy to make with easy-to-find herbs you probably have on hand!
There are hundreds of recipes on this website that call for Italian seasoning to add a hint of what families love: the right balance of herbs to make a dish taste fresh and homemade.
What Is Italian Seasoning
Italian seasoning is a blend of dried herbs commonly used in North America to bring out the flavors of classic Italian dishes.
It’s perfect for soups, chicken, pork, pizza, tomato sauces, and many more dishes. With this simple recipe for Italian seasoning, you’ll be reaching for your jar time and time again.
Italian Seasoning Substitute
If you’re out of Italian seasoning and don’t have the ingredients needed to make your own blend at home, you can substitute it for dried oregano, a mix of oregano and basil, or any of the following: basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, and thyme; equaling the total amount the recipe calls for.
If a recipe calls for 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, you’d substitute the equivalent mix of dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme) that you have on hand.
Alternatively, you can simply add 2 teaspoons of oregano to the recipe and call it a day.
What Goes In an Italian Seasoning Blend
Traditional Italian dishes are seasoned with basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, and thyme. Italian seasoning blend is a combination of those dried herbs. You’ll need:
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano (non-Mexican oregano)
- Dried rosemary
- Dried parsley
- Dried thyme
Can you use Fresh Herbs to Make Italian Seasoning
You can season your dishes with a combination of fresh herbs at the very last minute of cooking your recipe. Whether you use all fresh herbs or some of the blend, your dish is bound to taste amazing.
To make an Italian seasoning blend with fresh ingredients, you’ll need to dry your fresh herbs first.
How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning
Dried herbs are the foundation of this homemade Italian seasoning. To make it simply:
Measure the dried herbs in a bowl.
With a fork, mix well to combine so each serving has a good balance of dried herbs.
Transfer the dried herbs from the bowl into a spice jar, airtight container, or zip bag.
How to Store Homemade Italian Seasoning
Once you’ve made a batch of homemade Italian seasoning blend and transferred it into a spice jar, airtight container, or zip bag; store it in your pantry, spice cabinet, or drawer for up to 6 months.
Never store your dried herbs in your refrigerator. The moisture will seep in and ruin the herbs.
Uses for This Italian Seasoning Blend
Italian seasoning is one of the most versatile blends you can have in your spice cabinet to add flavor to family favorite dishes that include soups, chicken, pasta, sauces, and more.
Consider trying some of the following recipes with your homemade blend:
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Skillet Spinach Tortellini
- Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
- Baked Sausage and Peppers
- Roasted Asparagus
- Healthy Turkey Burgers
- Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats
Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- In a medium bowl, combine the dried herbs.
- Transfer the mixture into a spice jar and store it in your spice cabinet or drawer for up to 6 months.