Making this Italian seasoning recipe with clean eating, real-food ingredients is totally possible and totally delicious. No fillers, no extra chemicals, and no hidden sugar – just dried herbs and spices!
I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve been really, really excited about making seasoning mix. I can be picky about homemade seasonings, and lately, my mojo has been just a little off in that department. Until now anyway…
This all purpose, Italian seasoning is wonderful for everything! From flavoring chicken breasts to adding to soups, bread dough, or even a breading mixtures. Use it any time you want to add a little Italian flare to a dish. Just smelling this got me all excited about the possibilities.
Anywhere a recipe calls for Italian Herb, or Italian seasoning, this is the substitute to use! It’s basically the same thing, but it has some extra “yum factor” added. And I’m all about the yum factor…
WHAT IS ITALIAN SEASONING?
Italian seasoning is a common blend of herbs and spices used to flavor Italian-style dishes. The most common herbs used in this mix are basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme. But often, other items are also added for ease of use and maximum flavor. Things like garlic powder or even onion powder add some extra “umpf” to this delicious blend.
WHERE CAN I FIND ITALIAN SEASONING AT THE STORE?
If it’s easier just to pick up a bottle at the store (I’ve done this a few times myself!), you’ll find it in the spice aisle at your local grocery store, in with all the singular dried herbs such as dried parsley or poultry seasoning. Just be sure to get one that doesn’t have additives or added sugar to keep things healthy.
IS ITALIAN SEASONING HEALTHY?
It sure is! That is, if you avoid additives and added sugars. Most Italian seasoning blends won’t add sugar, but there are always those few, sneaky manufacturers who love to sneak in some sugar to get you wanting more of their product. So if you want to keep things healthy, read your ingredient list!
CAN YOU SUBSTITUTE HERBS DE PROVENCE FOR ITALIAN SEASONING?
Technically, you could. The main difference is that herbs de provence use savory, and Italian seasoning does not. But if you have herbs de provence and don’t want to run to the store for Italians seasoning, you could get away with exchanging those two seasoning blend.
HOW TO READ LABELS ON STORE BOUGHT HERBS
Yes, even herbs and seasoning mixes require some label reading if you prefer to keep processed foods at a minimum. They put junk in just about anything these days! Herbs and spices can have sugar (in many different forms) and preservatives added. So if that matters to you, it’s best to read the ingredient list on the bottle to be sure that the only thing listed on the bottle, is the herb itself.
MORE HOMEMADE SEASONINGS:
If this clean eating Italian seasoning recipe is up your alley, I bet you will enjoy making these other clean eating seasonings, too.
ITALIAN SEASONING RECIPE:
Homemade Italian Seasoning is totally doable and totally delicious. You'll never buy it at the store again!
- 2 tbsp. dried basil leaves
- 1 tbsp. dried marjoram
- 1 tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. celery seed
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
Combine all spices together in a mixing bowl.
You can use it as is, but I find it is a lot more effective for certain dishes if you grind it to a finer consistency. I have a coffee bean grinder that I reserve for just herbs and it works like a dream.
If grinding, grind for less than 30 seconds to get a finer consistency as shown in the photo above.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.