Italian seasoning is a mixture of dried herbs that has been a staple of the American pantry for many years. It is used to season vegetables, soups, stews and sandwiches, among other things, to give what is believed to be an Italian flavor. The dried herbs for it, either store-bought or made at home, might include basil, black pepper, coriander, garlic powder, marjoram, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.
A Mixture Similar to McCormick’s
The Italian seasoning from spice company McCormick uses a mixture of dried basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme. To make a version somewhat similar to McCormick’s, thoroughly mix together 1 tbsp. each of dried basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme. It can be used immediately. Afterward, it should be stored in an airtight container.
Elaborate Italian Seasoning Mixture
This is a more piquant and complex version, featuring a wider range of dried ingredients. In a bowl, combine 1 tbsp. each of black pepper, dried basil, garlic powder, dried marjoram, onion powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, dried rosemary and dried thyme. Mix until all the herbs are well-blended. It is then ready for immediate use or to be stored in an airtight container.
Simple Italian Seasoning Mixture
An easy option for Italian seasoning is to use a small number of dried herbs. For a simple blend with recognizably Italian flavor, combine only dried basil, oregano, sage and thyme. Mix until well-blended. This is now ready to be used or stored in an airtight container.
References and ResourcesMcCormick: Italian Seasoning
wiseGEEK: What Is Italian Seasoning?
"The Visual Food Encyclopedia"; Francois Fortin, editor; 1996
"The Dictionary of Italian Food and Drink"; John Mariani; 1998