recipe for italian seasonings

Recipe for Italian Seasonings

See a flexible Recipe for Italian Seasonings that is simple, fast, and uses 3 to 7 ingredients.

Recipe for Italian Seasonings Overview

This recipe for Italian seasonings will be one of your most commonly used additions for your Italian dishes when cooking. However, there are many variations of Italian seasoning, each with its own unique flavor. We’ve performed deep, thorough searches and comparisons, including native Italian sources. For the best rounded recipe for Italian seasonings, we have gathered the seven most popular herbs used for this purpose, with common Italian dishes kept in mind.

This recipe for Italian Seasonings uses the most common herbs for Italian Seasonings on popular recipes. It's great in spaghetti, pizza, calzone, garlic bread, and more. For accommodating limitations, some are marked as optional. However, the full list of ingredients is highly recommended.
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Ingredients for Italian Seasoning

Keep reading and you see all 7 of the most favored and most commonly used ingredients for this homemade Italian seasoning. And, with the way we show the ingredients in the actual recipe, you’ll see how you’re provided with very flexible options to use just three to seven ingredients. This is very helpful when you’re out of some of these herbs.

What are the ingredients for Italian seasoning?

The bare minimum Ingredients for Italian seasoning can vary, but often include:

  • basil
  • oregano
  • rosemary

Those first 3 are sometimes referred as the “Quick Italian Seasoning”. The ultimate final remaining 4 ingredients for Italian seasoning are these:

  • Parsley Flakes
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Sage

In some Italian seasonings, garlic is a common addition, as are salt and pepper, and sometimes sugar. However, after our research, we observed that actual recipes will have those often already as separate ingredients so, you don’t want to disrupt the traditional intention of Italian seasonings. This recipe is designed as a true recipe for generally how Italian Seasonings are intended to save time but are to have that generic common, always added set of ingredients. Most recipes are going to have Italian Seasoning as one ingredient and then they’ll have those other spices like garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, etc. as their additional ingredients.

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Italian Seasonings

Jeff Baygents
This recipe for Italian Seasonings uses the most common herbs for Italian Seasonings on popular recipes. It's great in spaghetti, pizza, calzone, garlic bread, and more. For accommodating limitations, some are marked as optional. However, the full list of ingredients is highly recommended.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 17 servings
Calories 2


  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • ¼ tbsp Basil
  • ½ tbsp Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Parsley Flakes optional
  • ½ tbsp Thyme optional
  • ½ tbsp Marjoram optional
  • ½ tbsp Sage optional


  • You can opt to use just the first 3; however, for best results, use all ingredients. Combine all these herbs into a small container and mix thoroughly.
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  • Optionally, you can use <Recipe Resizer> to increase volume for making a bulk amount for a spice jar.
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What is Italian Seasoning Used For?

Italian seasoning is used to add flavor to pasta dishes, pizza, soup, chicken dishes, and more. It can be purchased pre-mixed from the store, or it can be made at home by combining herbs together. Homemade Italian seasoning tends to taste fresher than the pre-mixed variety, and it can be tailored to personal preferences.

Whether you’re in a hurry or just want to try something new, this recipe is for you!

Homemade Italian Seasoning

When you’re working with homemade Italian Seasoning, you want to have great Italian flavors but you also want it quick and handy. Read on to ready about making it fast, what is required, what the options are regarding substitutions, and how to store it.

Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

When most people think about Italian seasoning, the first thing that comes to mind is a jar of pre-made spice mix. However, it’s incredibly easy to make your own Italian seasoning from scratch, and it will taste far superior to what you typically get from the store. Follow the recipe in this article and you’ll also see the ones that are optional, in case you’re out of something or are in a hurry.

After making Italian seasoning from scratch, you’ll want to store it in a spice jar or other container you can seal. It will be very handy to have and use whenever a recipe happens to call for it. Also, it will add some great Italian flavor to those dishes you’re making.

If you want to make something from fresh herbs, dry them, etc., here’s a popular site that shows the “Real Deal Italian Herb Seasoning (Like We Make it in Italy).

Recipe for Italian Seasoning Blend

Recipes for Italian Seasoning and Italian Seasoning Blends are 2 different things but, they are very strongly related. Read on for the recipe for Italian seasoning blend ingredients.

While this article’s recipe focuses on the recipe for Italian Seasonings, the “Blend” aspect is a bit similar but it also includes some strong spices like garlic, salt, pepper, etc. Such blends are used for salad dressings or specific dishes that exclude the other spices because they’re included in a blend.

So, if you want to turn this recipe into a recipe for Italian seasoning blend, also add in these items shown here:

  • 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

FAQ on Recipe for Italian Seasonings

Substitute for Italian Seasoning in a Recipe

You can make a substitute for Italian herb seasoning by making Italian seasoning from scratch. But, what can be used instead of Italian seasoning? You can very easily use the first 3 ingredients of this recipe for Italian Seasonings as a solid substitute. You can consider those ingredients a “Quick Italian Seasoning”.

But for a single seasoning, what can substitute for Italian seasoning? The closest item would be Oregano.

Are Italian Seasoning and Oregano the Same?

No. However, Oregano is a key ingredient contained within 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 shortcomings, I too have been known to use Oregano as a last minute choice for a substitution. But, I also know that whatever I’m making won’t be the same level of desired flavors yet, the meal will still be very good and it will be accomplished.


In conclusion, this recipe for Italian seasonings is simple, fast, and uses 3 to 7 ingredients. It is a great way to add flavor to your food without having to resort to store-bought seasonings. Give it a try today!

Also, go here if you’re looking for a great Seasoning for Bread Dipping.

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