Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
Out of Italian seasoning? Not to fret. You probably have everything you need to make a batch in your pantry. After all, it's nothing more than a blend of common herbs.
Once you see how easy it is to put together, you probably won't ever buy it again. Homemade Italian seasoning is fresher than anything you can buy at the store, and it's cheaper, too. Ready to give it a try? Here's the recipe.
- 2 Tablespoons basil
- 2 Tablespoons marjoram
- 2 Tablespoons oregano
- 2 Tablespoons rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons thyme
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, until well combined. If you prefer a finer consistency, pulse your Italian seasoning in a spice grinder; take a mortar and pestle to it; or grind it up with the back of a spoon or drinking glass.
Use your Italian seasoning immediately, or store it in an air-tight container until you need it. Be sure to label the container, so you don't mix it up with another spice blend.
This recipe makes 10 Tablespoons (just under 2/3 cup) of Italian seasoning as written, but it's easily scaled. Just maintain the ratio in the recipe, and you can make as much or as little as you need. To maintain freshness, aim to make no more than you can use in six months.
Customize Your Italian Seasoning
This recipe makes a traditional Italian seasoning blend, consisting of just herbs.
But there are gourmet versions on the market that include things like, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and/or ground black pepper. Experiment with the recipe, until it suits your tastes and needs. One of the benefits of making your own spice blends is the ability to make them your own.
When you get it just right, write down the recipe, so you can make it again and again.
Make a big batch of Italian seasoning, and divide it up into smaller jars for gift giving (half pint or quarter pint jars would be perfect).
To save money, buy your dried herbs from the bulk bins at your grocery, or make your Italian seasoning with herbs from your own garden. All of the necessary herbs are easy to grow. A good number of them are even perennials. Plant them once; then, harvest and dry them when they're in season, so you always have the herbs you need on hand.
Use your homemade Italian seasoning to make your own Italian dressing. It'll be healthier and more flavorful than the store-bought version.
Just mix 1-1/2 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning with 1/4 cup vinegar (white, apple cider or white wine) and 1/2 cup of a mild tasting oil (canola, salad, etc.). Give it a good shake, and enjoy. Your homemade salad dressing should keep for several weeks in the refrigerator, so it's just as convenient as store-bought.
More Spice Mixes You Can Make Yourself
As you run out of your favorite spice blends, give these homemade versions a try. They’re sure to become your new favorites.