When people ask what are Italian Seasoning contents, I tell them there are 3 minimum ingredients of basil, oregano, and rosemary and 4 more for the full mix. Keep reading to see the other 4 that makes a good McCormick substitute. Also see this recipe in our Seasonings & Rubs Recipes Category.
Intro To Italian Seasoning Contents
We show all the ingredients for the quick, the regular full, and the blend recipe. Add Italian seasonings to Italian foods. Or, add to a recipe for an Italian flavor. Also, see it as a common pizza addition like those shown in the Homemade Pizzas in the Oven Guide. Keep reading to learn how to make your own.
Ingredients for Italian Seasoning Contents
There are 7 ingredients for Italian Seasoning contents. Also, they are the most commonly used ingredients for this homemade Italian mix. They are basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley flakes, thyme, marjoram, and sage. See these ingredients and their amounts in the actual recipe. Also, keep reading to see the quick recipe of just 3 ingredients.
So, the first 3 ingredients are for just the quick recipe. This helps when you’re out of some of the other herbs.
The minimum ingredients for Italian seasoning can vary, but often include:
The “Quick Italian Seasoning” refers to the above 3 ingredients. The ultimate final remaining 4 ingredients for the full Italian seasoning contents are these:
- Parsley Flakes
In some Italian seasonings, garlic is a common addition, as are salt and pepper, and sometimes sugar. Only the blends should have those. However, after deep research, I observed actual recipes will have those often already as separate ingredients. So, don’t disrupt the traditional intention of Italian seasonings. I designed this recipe as the best set of herbs that don’t interfere. Italian Seasonings should save time. Also, they should add in a common set of ingredients for an Italian dish.
I performed deep, thorough searches. And, I compared native Italian sources and translated them. Then, I gathered the most popular herbs used for common Italian dishes. There were 7. Remember, the Italian seasoning contents are for convenience. This mix is in a recipe so it doesn’t have to list each herb. Or, if they were part of a recipe, this can replace them. Therefore, the actual recipe that calls for Italian seasonings won’t have those contents repeated in the recipe as an ingredient.
Homemade Italian Seasoning Contents
When you’re working with homemade Italian Seasoning contents, you want to have great Italian flavors. But, you also want it quick and handy. Read further to see how to make it fast, what’s required, what the options are.
When most people think about Italian seasoning, the first thing that comes to mind is a jar of spices. Others might think in terms of a spice blend packet for a single recipe. Now, moving forward, it’s very easy to make your own Italian seasoning from scratch. Also, it will taste far better than what you get from the store. So, follow the recipe in this article. Then, you’ll have 3 sets of options. Let’s cover them now. They are the quick recipe, the full recipe, and the blend recipe.
QUICK Italian Seasoning Recipe
Quick Italian Seasoning is a mix of 3 ingredients. So, if you mix up oregano, basil, and rosemary, it’s good. It’s an easy quick solution. Also, they are the first 3 ingredients shown in the full recipe. Here are the ratios for quick Italian seasoning:
- 1 part oregano
- 1/4 part basil
- 1/2 part rosemary
FULL Italian Seasoning Recipe
The full Italian Seasonings recipe includes the 3 ingredients of the quick recipe plus 4 more. Those four additional herbs are:
- 1/2 part thyme
- 1/2 part marjoram
- 1 part parley flakes
- 1/2 part sage
Recipe for Italian Seasoning BLEND
Here is the Recipe for Italian Seasoning Blend. You make the full recipe and then add these ingredients. Also, I show these in the recipe as optional BLEND additions.
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- pinch of cayenne red pepper (for zest)
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp sugar
This article focuses on the recipe for Italian Seasonings contents. The Italian BLEND contents add in some strong common spices like garlic, salt, pepper, etc. Such blends are good for salad toppings. They are also for specific dishes that exclude those added spices. That’s because they’re already included in a blend. So, don’t use the blend mix for adding to pizza recipes. But the full Italian seasoning is great for pizzas.
What To Replace Italian Seasoning With
Here is what to replace Italian seasoning with, in case you don’t have it. The closest herb would be Oregano.
Are Italian Seasoning and Oregano the Same?
No. However, Oregano is a key ingredient in any recipe for Italian seasonings. The overall desired flavors is a culmination of multiple herbs to enhance an Italian dish. But, in a pinch, or for emergency shortages, I too have used Oregano as a last-minute choice for a substitution. But, I also know that whatever I’m making won’t be the highest level of desired flavors. Just the same, the meal will still be reasonably good and okay.
Storing Italian Seasonings
After making this Italian seasoning from scratch, you’ll want to store it. So, put it in a spice jar or other food container you can seal. Then, it can be on a shelf at room temperature. It will be very handy to have. And you can use it whenever a recipe calls for it. Also, it will add some great Italian flavor to those dishes you’re making.
If you want to make something from fresh or dried herbs, here’s a real good site that shows the “Real Deal Italian Herb Seasoning (Like We Make it in Italy).
What is Italian Seasoning Used For?
Italian seasoning is used to add an Italian flavor to pasta dishes, pizza, soup, chicken dishes, and more. It can be from the store, already made. Or we can make it at home. DIY Italian seasoning tastes fresher than the pre-mixed kind. And, we can make it to personal preferences.
Here are some related recipes that call for Italian seasonings.
Conclusion of Italian Seasoning Contents
In conclusion, now you know the ingredients and quantities for Italian seasoning contents. So, you saw the quick 3-ingredient recipe. And, you saw the full one with 7 ingredients. Finally, you saw the “blend” version. Also, the blend is a good Mrs. Dash alternative, if you leave out the salt. And, it’s a great way to add flavor to your food without having to resort to store-bought seasonings. Make it today!
Recipe To Make Italian Seasoning
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- 1 tbsp Oregano
- ¼ tbsp Basil
- ½ tbsp Rosemary
- 1 tbsp Parsley Flakes for full recipe
- ½ tbsp Thyme for full recipe
- ½ tbsp Marjoram for full recipe
- ½ tbsp Sage for full recipe
BLEND Additions (ONLY for making this into a Blend)
- 1 tsp garlic powder only intended for BLEND recipe
- ½ tsp salt only intended for BLEND recipe
- ¼ tsp black pepper only intended for BLEND recipe
- 2 tsp onion powder only intended for BLEND recipe
- ½ tsp sugar only intended for BLEND recipe
- 1 pinch cayenne red pepper only intended for BLEND recipe
- You can opt to use just the first 3, known as "Quick Italian Seasoning". For best results, use all ingredients. Combine all these herbs into a small container and mix thoroughly.
- Optionally, you can use <Recipe Re-sizer> to increase volume for making a bulk amount for a spice jar.