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4.88 from 8 votes

posted: 06/29/18

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This Italian Seasoning Recipe makes a big batch that allows you to have it on hand anytime you want to make a great recipe. Skip buying the Italian seasoning packet all together and just make a batch of this!

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The more recipes I create the more I realize that there are some staples that are helpful to have on hand.

I love making my own seasoning mixes because I can make a big batch and then pull out a few tablespoons at a time as needed.

I do that all the time with my Taco Seasoning. Now I’m giving you another great pantry staple: Italian Seasoning.

No shame or judgement if you buy your seasoning mixes, but I love the control I have when it comes to sodium and flavor when I make my own.

Reader Review

I am doing a happy dance. This one is perfect. Love your ideas on how to use especially adding to plain breadcrumbs!

What is Italian Seasoning?

Italian seasoning is sort of a cheaters way of seasoning Italian recipes. It is made up with a blend of spices and herbs that are often found in Italian cooking.

Since there are many recipes out there that call for “Italian Seasoning” it is nice to have a simple recipe for it that you can throw together with the spices you already have on hand.

It is an easy and healthy way to add a lot of flavor to dishes.

small scoop of italian seasoning to replace italian seasoning packet

What’s In Italian Seasoning?

This seasoning blend sticks to some of the traditional spices you will find in Italian cooking. These easy to find spices come together for the perfect blend.

  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • dried marjoram
  • dried thyme
  • dried rosemary

If you aren’t familiar with marjoram, it is a plant found in Southern Europe in the oregano family. It is a lot like oregano but with a more mild taste.

How Long Will Italian Seasoning Last?

Because it is made with dried herbs, if you use herbs that have been recently dried, it should last a year. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

spice bottle full of italian seasoning

Benefits to Making Your Own Seasoning Mixes

There are so many reasons I like making my own seasoning mixes, here are just a few:

  • It’s cheaper! Especially if you buy your dried herbs in bulk, or even better yet, dry them out from your own herb garden.
  • You can control the salt content. So many people need a low sodium diet, and this allows you to stay on top of the salt.
  • You know exactly what is in it. This seasoning mix is vegan, gluten free, and keto friendly.

Italian Seasoning Uses

Let’s Get Creative!

You could also use this in my Spaghetti Sauce. You would need to take out the dried herbs and replace it with 1 teaspoon of this Italian Seasoning Mix.

Additionally, you could add 1 tablespoon to ground meat to take a dish to the next level.

Combine a 2 teaspoons with some olive oil and smother a chicken breast in it before throwing it on the grill.

Finally, add 1 teaspoons to a cup of plain bread crumbs to make Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs for my Italian Meatballs!

Other Homemade Pantry Staples

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If you make any of my seasoning mixes, come back and let me know! I love hearing from you!

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4.88 from 8 votes

Italian Seasoning

Serves: 9 tablespoons
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Italian Seasoning Recipe makes a nice big batch that allows you to have it on hand anytime you want to make a great recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary


  • Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
Calories: 89kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 20g (7%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 1g (2%) Sodium: 24mg (1%) Potassium: 305mg (9%) Fiber: 10g (42%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 1200IU (24%) Vitamin C: 15.7mg (19%) Calcium: 400mg (40%) Iron: 10.8mg (60%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. Sunnie Iacovetta says

    Thanks for posting, I am about of this. Now I will just make it!

  2. Suzanne says

    5 stars
    love the recipe for the Italian Seasoning. Making this today and I bet it smells as good as it looks.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you loved it Suzanne!

  3. Barry says

    5 stars
    Had all the ingredients so mixed a 1/2 jar. Was great so make this again when we run out.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it Barry!

  4. Cheryl Bernett says

    i always thought there was anise in it I made it now to make sauce ty

    • Lisa Longley says

      Some Italian Seasoning does have anise in it. I personally do not like the flavor of anise, so I left it out.

  5. Jane says

    Thank you! I need to make this.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  6. Sue says

    5 stars
    I am doing a happy dance. This one is perfect. Love your ideas on how to use especially adding to plain breadcrumbs!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you like it, Sue!

  7. Dawn Renee says

    For the dried rosemary are you using ground or whole? Thank you in advance for answering.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You want whole dried rosemary.

  8. Lindy says

    4 stars
    I like this recipe for the most part but I think my little Italian mother-in-law would come back to haunt me if I used powdered garlic instead of the fresh garlic she taught me to use.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Totally understandable. That would be a valid haunting. The reason that garlic powder is used here is so that it can be stored and then used in recipes to replace store bought Italian seasoning. Obviously you wouldn’t put fresh garlic in a seasoning mix that you want to keep shelf stable. But you could always add fresh garlic to whatever you are making. The more garlic the better!

  9. Glenne Gray says

    5 stars
    This recipe is terrific and I’ve used it a lot. I’m going to give to a friend as a Christmas gift so she can enjoy it too!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it so much!

  10. Kaye says

    This Italian seasoning makes 9 Tablespoons. But to make spaghetti sauce I only use 1 teaspoon per pot of spaghetti sauce? So there are 27 servings in this recipe?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, 9 tablespoons is 27 teaspoons.

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