Homemade Italian Seasoning

I love to grow herbs and dry them and make Italian seasoning blend to use year-round. It’s super easy to dry herbs and it gives you flavor for months.

I love to grow herbs and dry them and make Italian seasoning blend to use year-round. It’s super easy to dry herbs and it gives you flavor for months.

Homemade Italian seasoning

I love the flavors in Italian seasoning. They are delicious in pasta, in rubs or marinades for meat, and make soup taste amazing. I use a ton of it throughout the year. I make my own taco seasoning and ranch seasoning as well, but I love that I can actually grow everything in the Italian seasoning right in the garden.

jars of homemade italian seasoning in a basket with green fabric and red ribbon

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What’s in Italian seasoning

Italian seasoning has oregano, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme and sometimes basil or marjoram. I love to grow all of those herbs in my herb garden, so it makes it easy to make my own mix. Thyme is by far my favorite herb to grow and use. How much of each herb you use is totally up to your tastes. I prefer a mix that is mainly based on oregano with less of the others added.

Growing Italian herbs

Herbs are really easy to grow and that’s why I grow a lot of them. I like something that is heat tolerant and hardy in drought because we have plenty of that in the summers in Oklahoma. Herbs make me feel like a real success. They pretty much grow themselves. Most of them winter over with the exception of basil. Many of them grow for years after you plant them once and the ones that don’t either reseed themselves or grow for two years before they go to seed and die. These plants are called biennials.



Italian spices

Italian flavorings give you that familiar spaghetti or pizza flavor for any dish. Just add some garlic and you have your flavor profile set.

Italian seasoning blend

The first step in making your own Italian seasoning blend is to cut massive quantities of herbs from your garden. It takes quite a bit of fresh herbs to make a small jar of dried herbs, so gather way more than you think you’ll need. Herbs can tend to take over, so you’ll probably have plenty growing.

oregano growing in the garden with an elephant statue and a little marjoram growing

Next, strip the herbs from the stems. We like to do it over a big paper bag so we can strip each stem and drop the leaves into the bag and then throw the stem into the compost pile. You can dry the herbs on the stems, but it makes it really hard to not get stems in your finished product. If you want to do it that way, cut the stems and just tie the bundles up and hang them upside down until dry.

paper sack full of herb leaves drying for italian seasoning mix

I put the bag of leaves in my pantry and every day I shake the bag to give it a stir. In a couple of weeks, the Italian seasoning will almost be ready. The herb leaves will be nice and crunchy. Take handfuls of the leaves and toss them in the blender. Pulse them until they are small but not powdered. You still want to have flakes to them.

bowl of dried herbs ready to blend and put in jars

Italian homemade

Then you can put it in pretty jars to use later or give it as a wonderful, homemade gift that people will love to receive.

I love using my Italian seasoning mix to make homemade spaghetti sauce, lasagna, pizza sauce, soups and anything else you can think of!

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Savory mix of Italian herbs to delight any recipe from soups, pizza sauce, spaghetti, or just about anything you can think of.

Course: Seasoning Mix
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian seasoning
Servings: 50
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 1 c dried oregano
  • 1/2 c dried thyme
  • 2 T dried marjoram
  • 1 T dried rosemary
  • 1/2 c dried parsley
  • 1/4 c dried sage
Instructions
  1. Mix herbs well and place in small airtight jars. Herbs can be adjusted as desired.

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2 comments

  1. Marie says:

    This recipe looks delicious, can’t wait to try it! Now I wish I had an herb garden so I could make it all from scratch!

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