Jun 27, 2023
Italian seasoning is a versatile blend of dried herbs such as rosemary, basil, oregano and many more. It's easy to prepare and can be customised to suit your tastes. Add it to pasta sauces, season chicken, stir it into soups or sprinkle it over your favourite Italian submarine. It's quick, easy and much better than store-bought mixes!
I'm always looking for ways to simplify dinners. So here's my homemade Italian seasoning recipe, perfect for many Italian recipes such as stuffed portobello mushrooms, pasta sauce, pizza, baked chicken, or even sprinkled on tomato bruschetta!
Having ready-to-use spice mixes makes weekday cooking so much easier! Instead of spending hours searching for the right combination of herbs in your spice cupboard, all you need is a jar of this boldly flavoured homemade Italian seasoning.
Making your own Italian seasoning is easy, and it's a great way to gather and use up the last little bits of dried herbs and spices lying around in your jars. It's also easy to store, and can keep for up to 6 months. To make it, simply mix dried herbs such as parsley, oregano, rosemary and other spices in a small bowl or glass jar, then seal the jar and keep it away from light and heat.
To make this recipe economical, I buy all the ingredients in bulk from grocery shops, health food shops or online.
I've used the traditional dried herbs, but I've also added two optional ingredients that I think make this Italian seasoning mix even more special and tasty. Here's everything you need:
Preparing Italian seasoning is extremely simple! Simply gather all the ingredients together and mix them in a small bowl. I like to use a fork or small whisk to mix everything well. Then carefully pour the mixture into a small glass jar. I prefer glass to plastic, as plastic retains odours and you may not be able to reuse the container for anything else if you opt for plastic in this seasoning!
This recipe makes about ½ cup of Italian seasoning, so bear this in mind when choosing a jar or container.
Italian seasoning is one of those versatile blends that can add wonderful flavour to many preparations! And don't think you can only use it in Italian recipes: it's excellent in any dish that needs a little spice. Here are just a few ways to use it:
Dried herb spice blends retain their freshness for an extended period - several months in fact! To prolong the life of your Italian seasoning, we recommend storing it in an airtight glass jar for up to 6 months.
For optimum storage, keep them away from light and heat, ideally in a dark pantry or cupboard. However, I understand that it's practical to have the spices handy on the kitchen counter. If you choose this option, be sure to place the mixture as far away from the cooker as possible, to preserve its flavour and aroma for longer.
You'll know your blend has reached the end of its life when it no longer gives off the pungent, appetising aromas you'd normally notice as soon as you open the jar.