This homemade Italian seasoning mix is the perfect blend of herbs to give your recipes that classic Italian flavor. This mix includes basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and is a great addition to pasta dishes, chicken, or vegetables.
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How to make Italian seasoning
This homemade Italian seasoning mix is the perfect way to add flavor to your favorite dishes.
With a few simple ingredients, you can create a versatile, flavorful seasoning mix that will bring the taste of Italy to your kitchen. Made with a blend of dried herbs and spices, this seasoning mix is versatile and easy to make.
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a jar and store in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use it. The recipe below uses dried herbs, but you can also use fresh herbs if you are going to use the mix immediately.
What is in Italian seasoning?
The standard herbs that you find in almost every Italian herb mix are basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. These form the base of this homemade Italian herb mix. However, you may wish to add other herbs depending on what you are using it to cook with.
You can switch out oregano and use marjoram instead to add a little more sweetness to your herb mix. This is a good option for chicken or anything that overwhelm a more delicate flavor.
For a more peppery mix, increase the amount of oregano you use, and add some freshly ground black pepper. This is perfect if you want an Italian seasoning mix for beef as it is a bit stronger.
For pork I like to add rubbed sage, half the amount that you are adding of each of the other herbs is a good ratio (add half a tablespoon to a mix with one tablespoon of each of the other herbs).
If you want to make Italian seasoning for fish then I would recommend adding some dried parsley in the mix. Again, add it at a ratio of around half that of the main herbs.
How to use this herb mix
Use it to season chicken, beef, or vegetables. Add it to ragu or other pasta sauces. Sprinkle over pizza, or mix into pizza sauce before you add it to the base.
Make Italian herbs and cheese bread. Slice a baguette part way through. Butter it, sprinkle with Italian herb mix, then place slices of cheese between each slice. Place on a lined baking tray and bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Make Italian dressing. Simply add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning to ½ cup of good quality olive oil and 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and shake together in a jar or bottle.
Most Italian dressing mixes include sugar and salt in addition to the ingredients in this recipe. I would recommend adding a pinch of salt, but sugar is entirely optional. I normally make a sugar-free version, but you can add it to taste if you like!
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon dried rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
- Simply place all the herbs into an airtight jar, and gently shake to combine.
- Store the jar in a cool dark place until you are ready to use it.
- To use, simply sprinkle the desired amount over your food before cooking. Enjoy!
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