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Italian seasoning is a blend of dried Italian herbs and spices. It's mild flavored and goes well with most pasta sauces, chicken dishes, soups, sides, and more. You'll love it!
While Italian seasoning is available in almost every grocery store, we like to make our own as the flavor is always better.
It's such a versatile seasoning that it will add just the right flavor to almost anything you're cooking.
In our recipe, we use equal amounts of all the spices. The flavor is great this way and it's super easy to scale. If you only need a little, use ¼ teaspoon of each spice. If you want to make a big batch, use ¼ cup of each spice. Easy!
What is in Italian seasoning?
Italian seasoning is a blend of dried Italian herbs. In our recipe, we use:
What if I don't have all the spices?
If you're making a small batch of this recipe to use tonight, don't fret if you're missing a spice or two. There is a lot of flavor in here and your meal will still be tasty.
But if you plan on making a larger batch to use regularly, it's best to use all the spices.
How to make Italian seasoning
Making Italian seasoning is just about as easy as a recipe gets. Here's what you'll do:
- Mix the spices together.
How long does Italian seasoning last?
Whole, dried spices will last for up to 2 years if stored properly. Ground spices will last for 6 months.
How long your homemade Italian seasoning will last depends on how fresh the different spices are. If you dried your basil, thyme, oregano, etc., yourself, your seasoning blend would last for 2 years.
If they're store-bought (like ours usually are!), it will last for a shorter time.
How to tell if spices are fresh or need to be replaced?
The best way to tell if your spices are fresh and flavorful is simply to smell them. Fresh spices will smell quite strong.
If your spices have little or no smell to them, it's time to replace them.
What is the best way to store dried spices?
Spices keep the longest if stored in a cool, dark, dry area. The pantry is a great place to store your spices.
How to use Italian seasoning
If you want to add flavor to your meal and aren't sure what to add, Italian seasoning is almost always the answer. It's super versatile and can be used in everything from meats and seafood to soup, veggies, and pasta. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that use this spice blend:
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Optional: 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes (if you like a touch of spice)
- Mix the spices together in a small bowl.1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon dried marjoram, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, Optional: 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- Transfer the Italian seasoning to a glass jar then store it in your pantry.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.