Italian seasoning is perfect anytime you want to add some flavor to a dish without having to mix up a myriad of spices. Just a sprinkle can bring out the components in different parts of a meal. At L.E.E., we try to use fresh ingredients as often as possible, whether that means choosing organic options from a grocery store, or even better, home grown ingredients. So what better way to freshen up our pantry than add some homemade Italian seasoning? Using all natural ingredients like homegrown dried tomatoes, basil fresh from the garden, and other beautiful herbs, you can easily add some spice to your food and know exactly where it came from.
Pick your ingredients:
What you put in your seasoning depends both on your personal preference and what you have available. The first and most important part is the herbs. Some Italian seasoning are solely herbs, and these measurements are great for a simple batch. Oregano, marjoram, basil, and rosemary are all great bases. Though the herbs can be substituted, it is best to include all of these. Sage, purple basil, and thyme can also be added.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
Though herbs are a great start, other dried ingredients can add that special pop of flavor. My favorites are dried onion, dried tomatoes, and dried garlic. If you are using a herb grinder, use minced and dried garlic and onion, as well as crumbled tomatoes. If you are using a shaker, use garlic and onion powder, and blend the tomatoes in a food processor till fine.
- 2 teaspoons dried tomatoes, crushed or blended
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried onion or onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried garlic or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper or peppercorns
Pick your favorite herbs and add-ins, put in a jar, and shake it up!
Hope you enjoy, Lara