Instead of using store-bought Italian seasoning, make your own at home! This simple blend of dried herbs is delicious in sauces, soups, and more.
Italian seasoning is one of those kitchen basics, like bread crumbs or a simple vinaigrette, that I prefer to make at home instead of buying at the store. I keep all the ingredients in my pantry anyway. I may as well combine them myself instead of picking up an extra spice! More importantly, making my own Italian seasoning allows me to control the balance of flavors. My homemade blend has a mix of sweet, earthy, and aromatic notes that I absolutely love.
I’ve shared my favorite Italian seasoning recipe below. Try it as written, or experiment with the ratios to make it your own. Once you find the right mix of flavors, this simple spice blend will become one of your go-to tools for seasoning sauces, soups, pizzas, veggies, and more.
What is in Italian seasoning?
But let’s back up. What is in Italian seasoning, anyway?
This popular spice blend is a mix of dried herbs and spices. Commercially available blends typically include basil, oregano, and marjoram. They may also contain rosemary, thyme, savory, and sage. Occasionally, one will incorporate dried garlic. I keep mine simple, using these 5 ingredients:
- Dried oregano,
- and thyme.
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
I love that homemade Italian seasoning is so easy to make! Add all the ingredients to a small bowl or jar, and stir or shake to combine. Store it, covered, at room temperature for up to 6 months.
How to Use Italian Seasoning
Italian seasoning is such a versatile spice blend! You’ll find tons of ways to use it in your kitchen. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started:
- Use it in a sauce. Add a pinch to fresh tomato sauce or homemade marinara.
- Add it to a soup. It’d be at home in my minestrone soup, tortellini soup, or vegetable soup.
- Toss it with roasted veggies. Try it on potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, or butternut squash!
- Or grilled ones. Think eggplant, zucchini, or tomatoes.
- Sprinkle it on pizza. I love to add it to a Margherita pizza after it comes out of the oven.
- Make a simple dip. Stir a little of the spice blend into olive oil with a pinch of salt and crushed red pepper flakes. It’s a delicious dip for fresh bread!
How do you like to use an Italian seasoning blend? Let me know in the comments!
More Favorite Spice Blends
If you love this recipe, try making one of these spice blends next:
- Homemade Chili Powder
- Za’atar Spice
- Apple Pie Spice
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- In a small bowl, stir together the dried oregano, basil, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. Sprinkle onto roasted vegetables, or try any of the serving suggestions listed in the blog post above.
- Leftover Italian seasoning will keep in an airtight container or lidded spice jar at room temperature for up to 6 months.
- Makes about ¼ cup