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Italian herb seasoning recipe

Italian herb seasoning recipe

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  • Herb and spice
  • Herbs
  • Marjoram

Make your very own melange of dried Italian herbs with this recipe. Also a nice addition to homemade vinaigrette.

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IngredientsMakes: 10 tablespoons

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. In a food processor, combine basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary and sage. Blend for 1 minute, or until desired consistency is achieved.

Tip

You could also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt to the mixture and use it as a low-salt substitute.

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by WENSMITH

Thanks so much for posting this! I had an empty container of storebrand IS, and I had all the individual spices, but didn't know the proportions to mix and refill it. My attempt has generated a few tips: 1. grind just the coarser spices first; my food processor was just flipping the rosemary around and the finer stuff created a cloud of dust. 2. Wait a while before opening your machine until the dust settles. 3. If you have a coffee grinder (I remembered later that I have one set aside for spices,) that is a better machine to use.-11 Dec 2009

by Ginger Lee

This is really good. I did mix and match this recipe w/ the Italian Seasoning I, since the only difference btwn the two seemed to be the red pepper flakes, the use of Savory, and the use of sage. I didn't have any Savory so I just added the sage (only 1tbsp) and the red pepper flakes Only problem was that it was too spicy for my daughter. So when I run out of what I made I will make it w/out the red pepper flakes and add it separately. I used this to make two items. The first was the fanned Potatoes recipe on this forum and the second was to make a spaghetti sauce. I've always made my own, but used the store bought seasoning and this is by far much better. My husband is not a huge Spaghetti sauce fan and he raved about it. Will continue to use this in all of my Italian cooking endeavors.-27 Jul 2008

by Sarah Jo

Great italian seasoning mix. I add crushed red pepper flake to mine. I like to make big batches of this in a pint Ball jar. All I have to do is increase the serving size to 50, throw the seasonings in the Ball jar and slap a lid on it. Then I hand it to one of my kids to shake up. Way better than anything you can buy pre-made.-26 Feb 2012

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If you want to make your own Italian seasoning blend, you just need to combine some dried herbs and red pepper flakes for this easy recipe.

Here's how you can make homemade Italian seasoning - it's incredibly useful for Mediterranean recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients and blend in a food processor or high-speed blender for 30 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
  1. In a glass jar (with a tight-fitting lid) measure and add the basil, marjoram, oregao, parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Store in cool, dry place for 6 months or longer.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 6 cups bread flour

Mix yeast, warm water, and white sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside for five minutes, or until mixture becomes foamy.

Stir olive oil, salt, herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, cheese, and 3 cups flour into the yeast mixture. Gradually mix in the next three cups of flour. Dough will be stiff.

Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and rubbery. Place in an oiled bowl, and turn to cover the surface of the dough with oil. Cover with a damp linen dish towel. Allow to rise for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Punch dough down to release all the air. Shape into two loaves. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet, or into two greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about a 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Remove loaves from pan(s), and let cool on wire racks for at least 15 minutes before slicing.


What does Italian seasoning smell like?

Making your Italian herb seasoning from scratch using fresh herbs will make your kitchen smell like you are in a Mediterranean forest along the sea. Seriously. And this intense, fragrant smell of rosemary and other aromatic herbs will give your dishes a delicious taste of Italy.

I use mine in everything I cook. From simple cooked vegetables, to stir fries, pasta sauces, risotto, roasted potatoes and so on.


Everyday Herb Seasoning

This Everyday Herb Seasoning blend is literally a herb blend you’ll want to use EVERYDAY! It’s super easy to whip up with spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet!

As many of you know I LOVE spice blends! I have several on Mother Thyme including my very popular Big Batch Taco Seasoning, Big Batch Chili Seasoning and my Italian Seasoning. Well my friends, the spice blends continue, and by popular request here is my latest blend, the Everyday Herb Blend!

Many of you have seen me use during my Facebook live chats a rustic herb seasoning that I raved about. Well, just before I ran out I kept a little to recreate this tasty blend on my own.

This Everyday Herb Blend is literally an herb blend you can use everyday! It’s great on veggies, roasted potatoes, chicken, beef, you name it! The best part, it’s SO easy to whip up with spices you already have on hand!

To make this blend you just need 5 spices

  • GARLIC FLAKES (or dried minced garlic)
  • DRIED ROSEMARY
  • DRIED THYME
  • FRESHLY CRACKED BLACK PEPPER Don’t use regular table pepper. You want those little cracked bits you get from freshly cracked black pepper.
  • SEA SALT (or you can use pink himalayan salt) Don’t use regular table salt)

That’s it! Super easy combo that you can whip up in minutes!

The key to this blend is also using a small food processor to grind the spices together. You know I love my handy little Black and Decker food processor that’s been by my side for years. I love this little thing and it’s great for blending the spices and grinding them together, especially the dried rosemary. Any food processor will work. Just give it a few pulses to mix together and break up the rosemary.

I love how coarse this Everyday Herb Seasoning blend is, just the rustic herb seasoning I was replicating. The best part, it’s super easy to make and you’ll never be without.

This recipe yields about 1/3 cup, so a generous amount that you’ll have on hand for awhile. If you’d like to make more, just double the recipe, or what I usually do especially since there aren’t many spices in this recipe is I go through the recipe then I do it again. Just me being me! You do you. If you are comfortable doubling it, go for it!

This is great to put in tiny mason jars like I have here to give for gifts. You know how much I love doing that, and I know you guys do too!

If you try this blend, please let me know! I’d love to know if you love it as much as I do!


Herb Seasoning Mix

Make your own herb seasoning mix to store in your pantry. You can sprinkle this on any meat before cooking or add to sauces and gravies. It's a good salt substitute to put on the table or to use in recipes. It's a good substitute for mixed Italian seasoning herbs, or for any seasoning mix that a recipe calls for. This recipe is savory and slightly sweet, with a nice smoky flavor. It is not spicy but has real depth. You can add a teaspoon of salt to this mix if you aren't worried about the sodium content of your recipes.

Whenever you make your own mixes, make sure you use the freshest ingredients possible. To tell if dried herbs and spices are fresh, smell them. If the smell isn't very strong, throw the bottle away and buy a new one. In fact, it's a good idea to do this with all of the herbs and spices stored in your kitchen once a year. Most herbs and spices keep their freshness 6 months to a year, but only if stored in a cool, dry place.

You can make this recipe with your own favorite herbs. If you like things spicy and hot, add some cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or ground chipotle peppers. You could also use oregano or dill weed in place of one of the other herbs, or dried sage. Or try something different like chervil, but only if you and your family like it. Look at my recipes for other seasoning mixes for more ideas.


Here are a few tips to help you make the most of this Tuscan Heat Spice Seasoning.

  • Mix up the salt. You can use pink Himalayan salt (I love this even though not Italian), Kosher salt, or even the regular table variety. BUT you would need to adjust the ratios of the ingredients you use.
  • Vary spices. Feel free to add a teaspoon more or less of the ingredients to your taste. Add-ons I have used include paprika and chili flakes. Delish!
  • Awesome rub. This makes an awesome rub and works great on meats and fish, which you can then cook up in a skillet, Instant Pot, Air Fryer or oven.
  • Blend into a powder. If you prefer you can add all the ingredients into a spice grinder and then blend into a powder.
  • Make a big batch. Double or triple the recipe depending on how often you use this.
  • Make a paste. Sometimes it is easier to mix the seasoning blend with some oil and make a paste before rubbing on meat, veggies, etc.
  • Suitable for various diets. This is suitable for vegan, gluten-free, paleo, low carb, Keto, and Whole30 diets.

Ingredients

Keep scrolling down to the recipe card for a list of FULL ingredient amounts and instructions or click the “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of the page!

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram

Make sure you get these herbs dried rather than ground. You can adjust the amounts called for, or add some extras like salt, garlic powder, onion powder, or dried sage.


Try This

Use your homemade Italian seasoning to make your own Italian dressing, which could be used to make a delicious Italian dressing marinade for steaks. It'll be healthier and more flavorful than a bottle of store-bought dressing (or one of those preservative-laden Italian dressing packets).

In a jar, 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.). Secure the lid. Then, give the jar a good shake to combine the ingredients, and enjoy. Your homemade salad dressing should keep for several weeks in the refrigerator, so it's just as convenient as the store-bought stuff.