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If you find that you are out of Italian Seasoning, we have gathered The Best Italian Seasoning Substitute so your Italian cooking recipe isn’t ruin.

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We use Italian Seasoning Blend for many recipes and to add flavor to our Homemade Garlic Bread. But when we are out and I am in the middle of cooking, these substitute help to provide flavor so we can still enjoy a delicious dinner.

Making homemade seasoning blends taste so much better store-bought packets. The best substitute is making your Italian Seasoning Blend so stock up on the pantry staples so you never run out.

What is Italian Seasoning?

Italian Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices. The main ingredients for Italian Seasoning is oregano, rosemary, basil, and thyme. Other ingredients can be added such as parsley, red chili flakes, cayenne pepper or garlic powder.

These seasonings can easily be found at the grocery store. The perfect herb blends to add to marinades, salad dressings, or pasta sauces.

If you like homemade seasoning as much as we do, make this Homemade Blackened Seasoning or Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe.

What is Italian Herb Seasoning Used For?

We use Italian Seasoning for a lot of different recipes not just for our Italian dishes. Italian Seasoning Mix is the perfect blend of earthy, sweet and savory flavors. It sprinkle it on potatoes, chicken, fish vegetables and French bread or to make Italian Dressing.

Because of all the spices that are included in the Italian Seasoning blend it is one of our favorite seasoning blend to use.

Close up image of Italian Seasoning in a bowl with teaspoons on the side.

Best Italian Seasoning Substitute

The best substitute for Italian Seasoning is Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe. It is easy to make and we usually have on hand. A teaspoon of Italian seasoning to your favorite recipes makes it so tasty.

Other options include fresh herbs, thyme, oregano, basil, Creole seasoning and Greek Seasoning.

Easy Substitute for Italian Seasoning

Italian Seasoning can easily be substitute with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

  • Oregano – This seasoning is great on chicken, pasta salad, pizza, pizza sauce, spicy foods or chicken.
  • Basil – If you are making a tomato based dish or pesto sauce, then basil is a great ingredient to have.
  • Thyme – Thyme is a great seasoning for fish, meat, beans, stew, and soups. The most popular use for Thyme is for lamb dishes.
  • Rosemary – Use Rosemary to seasoning your favorite meats such as lamb, pork, and chicken. But you can also use it on your potato dishes or your bean recipes. Rosemary has a powerful taste and is great for your olive oils.
Close up image of Italian Seasoning in a bowl with teaspoons on the side.

Using Fresh Dried Herbs

Using fresh dried herbs is a great substitute for Italian Seasoning. A combination of fresh basil, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary make a great substitute. I know a lot of people grow their fresh herbs, so making this blend is easy and simple to do.

Fresh Dried Herbs is not as strong, potent as dried herbs but it is great to use if that it what you have. If your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of dried basil then use 1 tablespoon of fresh basil.

When using fresh dried herbs when cooking, we like adding them towards then end of cooking the dish. Fresh herbs lose the potency faster than dried herbs, so we add accordingly. This is why we like to use dried seasoning when cooking soups and stews as it creates delicious flavor.

1. Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Homemade Italian Seasoning is easy to make. The ingredients are simple you probably already have everything to make it. Here is a simple recipe to make your own:

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

We like to store in a spice jar and it will last for about 2 years.

Italian Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Italian seasoning is easy to make and saves money. You will love having this to use for any recipe that calls for Italian seasoning.
Italian Seasoning Recipe

2. Dried Oregano and Dried Basil

If you have dried oregano and dried basil than it would be a great substitute for Italian Seasoning. You can also add in some Thyme.

  • Substitute 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning for ½ teaspoon of dried oregano and dried basil
  • Substitute 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning for ½ teaspoon of dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon of dried basil and dried thyme.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary can be added with Oregano, Basil and Thyme. These ingredients combined make a great substitute for italian seasoning. Slowly add in these ingredients to get the taste you are wanting for your dish.

Use these measurements to make a blend for your Italian Seasoning Substitute:

  • 1 teaspoon of Basil
  • 1 teaspoon of Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of Rosemary
Close up image of Italian Seasoning in a bowl with teaspoons on the side.

4. Thyme

Thyme has a sharp, minty flavor and blended with basil and oregano to make a good substitute for Italian Seasoning.

5. Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence is not a common seasoning that many may not have, but it has some of the seasoning that Italian seasoning has.

Easy Italian Seasoning Blend

For your common Italian dishes you can easily substitute with oregano and basil. These two spices go good together and can easily be added.

Other ingredients to include your blend that can be added is rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and black pepper.

We like to experiment with other italian flavors when adding this spice blend to our recipes. We recommend starting with small amounts and taste as you go. You may even create a new blend.

Recipes Using Italian Seasoning

1. Crock Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Crock Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken Recipe
Crock Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken Recipe is a delicious twist on classic Chicken Parmesan. The chicken is so tender with a creamy sauce.
Crock Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken Recipe

2. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
This Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe from scratch can be made on a stove top in under an hour. It is so easy to make and loved by all.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

3. Chicken and Pepperoni Pasta Recipe

Chicken and Pepperoni Pasta Recipe
Pepperoni Chicken Pasta Recipe is quick and easy. It is the perfect meal for busy nights. Your family will love Chicken Pepperoni Pasta!
Chicken and Pepperoni Pasta Recipe

4. Homemade Hamburger Helper

A white bowl filled with creamy macaroni and cheese, reminiscent of Homemade Cheeseburger Helper, garnished with chopped herbs. A fork is placed in the bowl, ready to scoop some of the pasta. A blue and white striped napkin is partially visible on the right side. Another bowl of plain macaroni is in the background.
Homemade Cheeseburger Helper
Homemade hamburger helper is so easy to fix and better than anything you can buy in the store. Skip those box mixes and make this hamburger helper recipe.
Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

5. Crock Pot Vegetable Soup

Crock Pot Vegetable Soup
With little effort, your family can enjoy Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe. Toss everything into the crockpot for a hearty soup that is packed with flavor.
Crock Pot Vegetable Soup

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