This herb blend typically consists of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram and savory. Other variations include the addition of coriander and red pepper flakes. Representing the traditional seasonings of Italian cuisine, this flavor-booster has become a kitchen classic for its versatility and ease of use in a wide variety of recipes.
Italian seasoning can be purchased pre-mixed in your grocer's spice aisle. But you can easily make your own mix with dried herbs that you already have on-hand: combine two teaspoons each of basil, marjoram and oregano with one teaspoon of sage.
As with all herbs and spices, keep in an airtight container, away from heat, moisture and sunlight (avoid storing near the stove or windows). Seasoning blends typically retain their freshness for one to two years.
Italian seasoning will not spoil, but it will lose strength over time. You can test for freshness by crushing a little bit in your hand. The color should be vibrant and the aroma should be apparent. If not, it's time to replace it.
This robust seasoning brings the classic taste of Italy to all kinds of dishes. Sprinkle it on pizza, sub sandwiches and fresh tomatoes or stir it into pasta sauce, meat marinades or soups and stews. Use it to season beef, poultry and lamb before roasting or mix it with butter and Parmesan cheese for a delicious French bread spread.
Follow these tips to keep your Italian seasoning and other spices and herbs fresh:
- Use a completely dry measuring spoon when dipping into the bottle or container.
- Avoid sprinkling directly from the bottle into a steaming pot. The hot moisture causes caking and hastens flavor loss.
Try one of our favorite Italian seasoning recipes:
Simple Pizza Sauce
beef, bread, butter, cheese, eggplant, eggs, fish, lamb, olive oil, potatoes, poultry, rice, stuffing, tomatoes, veal, vinegar, zucchini