Skip the store-bought herb blends for this easy homemade Italian Seasoning! It takes 2 minutes to put together using a budget-friendly mix of Italian dried herbs. Use it to add tremendous Italian flavors to endless dishes, like chicken, beef, vegetables, and more.
Have you ever been in the middle of making a big pot of Sausage and Tortellini Soup or these Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Veggies only to realize you’re all out of your store-bought Italian seasoning? It HAS happened to me, which is why this recipe for homemade Italian Seasoning was born.
It’s a quick and easy spice mix you can throw together in just 2 minutes. Using easy-to-find dried Italian herbs, it’s the best spice mix with delicious, versatile flavors that pair well with almost anything. Best of all, it stays fresh and flavorful in your pantry for months!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Why WOULDN’T you want to make your own Italian seasoning? It’s easy, inexpensive, and always handy to have on hand.
- Use it to add fragrant, earthy, and herbaceous goodness to endless recipes.
- Just like my Homemade Taco Seasoning and Pumpkin Pie Spice, this recipe takes about 2 minutes to put together.
What’s in Italian Seasoning?
- Dried basil – An aromatic and subtly sweet herb you’ll typically find fresh in pesto, tomato salads, and many other Italian meals.
- Dried oregano – Oregano is a heartier herb with deeper earthy flavors than basil.
- Dried marjoram – If you can’t find marjoram, use extra oregano.
- Dried thyme – A classic Italian herb with an almost woody and minty flavor.
- Dried rosemary – Just like sage, dried rosemary has a comforting warmth.
- Garlic powder – For a hint of savoriness.
- Dried parsley – Its mild flavor and light sweetness balance the rest of the flavors.
- Ground sage – Remember to pick up ground sage, NOT rubbed sage.
How to Make It
For the detailed instructions, please see the recipe card.
- Stir or whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Transfer the Italian seasoning mix to a glass jar with a lid.
- Use the mix right away or store it for later. Enjoy!
- Try to use good quality dried herbs and seasonings so your Italian spice mix can taste its best.
- Feel free to play around with the ingredient ratios to find your perfect flavor or add crushed red pepper flakes for heat.
- It’s important to store the seasoning blend in a sealed jar in a dark cupboard or drawer. Exposure to direct light or warm or cold temperatures can affect the flavor and freshness of the herbs.
- Glass jars are key for the best storage, too. They don’t absorb aromas during long-term storage, unlike plastic containers.
The uses for Italian seasoning are endless! It’s, of course, a perfect match for lots of Italian dishes, like my Zucchini Tomato Bake and One Skillet Italian Chicken, but can also be used to add amazing flavors to these dishes:
- Poultry – Coat your whole chicken, chicken leg quarters, or turkey breast in the herb blend before roasting to golden, well-seasoned perfection!
- Beef – The seasoning blend adds great flavor to this easy Italian Pot Roast.
- Vegetables – Toss your favorite vegetables for roasting in olive oil and Italian seasoning before cooking. I like to use it as an all-purpose seasoning for my Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables.
- Soup – Use it to add gorgeous herbaceous flavors to Tomato Soup and Vegetable Soup.
- Bread – Stir a pinch of Italian seasoning into bread dough or sprinkle it on top of your homemade focaccia or dinner rolls.
- Sauces – The blend gives my Alfredo Sauce, Tomato Butter Sauce, and Homemade Pizza Sauce authentic Italian flavors.
- Salad dressing – Stir a pinch of the seasoning with olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh garlic to make an easy Italian vinaigrette. It’s fantastic in my Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, too.
- Marinade – Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of the blend to your favorite steak or chicken marinade.
- Snacks – Sprinkle the blend over french fries or popcorn for an easy and delicious seasoning. It’s my favorite way to season this Pizza Dip, too!
Technically, yes, you can use fresh herbs to make an Italian herb blend. Fresh herbs give the blend even fresher flavors and stronger aromas, but it must be refrigerated and used within 2 to 3 days, or else the herbs will become soggy, wilted, and/or moldy.
You can store the dried herb blend in your pantry or on your spice rack for up to 6 months. Store it in a sealed glass jar to keep it fresh.
Homemade Italian seasoning is also a popular edible gift. Pour the herb blend into small glass jars, pop a label on each one, and wrap them with a bow. They’re an elegant, yet easy holiday gift for friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Enjoy!
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram extra oregano can be substituted for marjoram
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried ground sage
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- Stir or whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Transfer to an airtight container (preferably a glass jar). Store for up to 6 months.
- Feel free to adjust the ratios to suit your personal taste.
- Store in a dark and cool location – avoid direct sunlight.
If provided, nutritional info is a courtesy, is not guaranteed and should only be considered as a guideline.