Here’s a quick Italian seasoning substitute that you can make from dried herbs in your pantry! It’s perfect for your favorite Italian recipes.
Ready to make your favorite Italian recipe, but then you realized that you are out of Italian seasoning? We’ve got an easy substitute so that you can get back to cooking!
What You’ll Find In This Post
What Is In Italian Seasoning Spice Blend
A store-bought Italian seasoning spice blend is exactly what it sounds like; a blend of Italian seasonings. What is surprising, though, is that there is no “correct” blend!
Every brand has its own mix of spices. Some only include three spices, and others include seven or more. Plus, they use these seasonings in varying amounts.
So, if you have some of these dried herbs in your pantry, you can use them as a substitute. Here are the most common herbs used:
- Oregano: Pungent and sweet
- Basil: Sweet and peppery
- Marjoram: Sweet and floral
- Rosemary: Woody and pungent
- Thyme: Minty and citrusy
- Parsley: Mild and bitter
- Sage: Slightly bitter and earthy
How To Make Italian Seasoning Substitute
Making an Italian seasoning substitute couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is choose which spices to use and mix them together!
Volume: Decide how much Italian seasoning you want to make. Our recipe makes 1/2 cup and fits in a 4-ounce spice jar. If you only need one tablespoon, you can scale the recipe down.
Measure: Use tablespoons and teaspoons to measure each seasoning into a bowl.
Mix: Stir the dried herbs together until they are evenly distributed.
Jar: Use a funnel to transfer the Italian seasoning substitute to a glass spice jar.
Italian Seasoning Label
We made a fun Italian Seasoning label that you can glue to your spice jar. Save the label to your computer, print the label, cut it out, and glue it to the front (or the top) of the glass jar.
Ways To Use
- Pasta dishes: Sprinkle it on your spaghetti, lasagna, chicken parmesan, and tortellini.
- Pizza: Use it along with your other pizza toppings for extra flavor.
- Grilled meats: Season your grilled meats, such as chicken, steak, or pork chops.
- Vegetables: Sprinkle it over your roasted vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or zucchini.
- Bread: Use it on garlic bread, breadsticks, Texas toast, and pizza sticks.
How To Store Italian Seasoning Substitute
- Store the blend in an airtight glass container in a cool, dry pantry for up to a year, as long as you are starting with freshly opened herbs.
- Otherwise, check the expiration date on each separate spice you add. The one with the earliest date would be the expiration date of the spice blend you create.
- Write the date on the bottom of the jar with a permanent marker, or use a label maker to print a label for the bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply fill a teaspoon with a combination of your favorite dried Italian herbs.
Yes, you can store them in the freezer for up to six months but keep in mind that freezing can change the texture of some herbs.
It is a blend of dried herbs that are commonly used in Italian cooking. To save time, you can mix them together so that you don’t have to measure them out each time.
More Spice Mixes
- Taco Seasoning is easy to make from ingredients in your pantry, and it is totally customizable!
- Make your own Poultry Seasoning with only six ingredients! It’s delicious on chicken and turkey.
- There’s no need to buy premixed Cinnamon Sugar! Find out our favorite ratio of granulated sugar to ground cinnamon.
- Use this easy Savory Dry Rub to season pork chops, chicken, and ribs!
Italian Seasoning Substitute
- 2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoon dried marjoram
- 2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoon dried parsley
- Put all of the spices into a bowl and stir to combine.
- Use a funnel to transfer the mixture to a glass spice jar.
- Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.