An easy recipe for homemade Italian Seasoning. If you don’t have the store-bought blend on hand, you can easily make your own! If you’re missing one of the ingredients, just leave it out.

On the one hand, it might be cheaper to just buy Italian Seasoning at the store.

On the other hand, if you don’t have it and you need it, it only takes a minute or two to make your own and you get to decide exactly what’s in it.

If you’re missing an ingredient, you can just leave it out. You can also add any other Italian herbs that you want include sage, savory, or tarragon.

Italian seasoning in a white bowl with a measuring spoon in it.

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What is in the Italian Seasoning?

Italian seasoning is a blend of dried Italian-inspired herbs such as basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Exact ingredients and quantities vary by brand.

What is a good substitute for Italian seasoning?

When in doubt, you can mix equal parts of all or some of basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. If you don’t have them all, don’t worry about it. Use the ones you have.

Italian seasoning ingredients in a white bowl.

What is the difference between Italian seasoning and Herbs de Provence?

In addition to most or all of the Italian seasoning herbs (basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme), Herbs de Provence also includes lavender, sage leaves, and savory.

Italian seasoning in a spice jar.

An easy recipe for homemade Italian Seasoning. If you don't have the store-bought blend on hand, you can easily make your own! If you're missing one of the ingredients, just leave it out.

Italian Seasoning

An easy recipe for homemade Italian Seasoning. If you don't have the store-bought blend on hand, you can easily make your own! If you're missing one of the ingredients, just leave it out.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 10 tablespoons
Course Pantry, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Calories 9


  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram


  • In a small bowl, combine basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. Store in an airtight container.


  1. Yield: This recipe makes 10 tablespoons seasoning (just over a half cup).
  2. Storage: Store this spice blend covered in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  3. Finely ground: For a finely blended powder, process the spices in a coffee grinder or mash with a mortar and pestle.
  4. Vinaigrette: To make delicious salad dressing, whisk together ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper).


Calories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Smelled and looked wonderful until putting in the oven. Then I ended up with a pan of flat mess. Followed the recipe exactly. So disappointed.

    1. Hi Jean, what recipe? you commented on Italian seasoning which is literally just a spice blend. It doesn’t go in the oven. Maybe it was a different recipe or from a different website, I’m not sure. -Meggan

    1. Hi Gillian, I’ve never seen those in it. It’s usually just green leaf herbs (in dried form, of course). But, you could definitely add those to your own blend or to whatever dish you’re making. I add red pepper flakes to all kinds of things all the time, whether it’s in the recipe or not. But at the store, if you buy Italian seasoning, it won’t have garlic powder or red chili flakes. Thanks! If you need anything else just let me know. -Meggan

  2. Store-bought herbs are crazy expensive. The cost of an ounce of herbs is 48% for the container and label and 48% profit and less than 2% for the herbs. I grow and dry my own herbs and save a ton of money. Most commercial herb blends have lots of parsley. It’s cheap! Dried basil, to me, tastes like nothing. Dried oregano, rosemary, and thyme retain a lot of flavor (if stored correctly.) I’d rather leave the basil out than used the dried stuff. The herb that contributes the most flavor to this recipe is the oregano. That, to me, is the essential pizza herb that makes pizza, pizza. Just be sure to rub it vigorously between your hands to release the essential oils.5 stars

  3. Thanks for your recipe, Meggan;
    I looked at a few on the net and like yours the best.
    We are hoping to make a good batch from our herb garden for Christmas gifts this year.
    Dave5 stars

  4. My husband is allergic to basil is there a replacement for that or should we just leave that out? I usually find sauce without it.

  5. Since oregano and marjoram are just slightly different and I don’t have marjoram at hand, can I leave it out?5 stars

  6. Great soup! Easy to make with minimal ingredients. I added some Bacon pieces, parsley, and some smoked paprika as well as the oregano and sour cream! Great flavors. Thanks.5 stars