If you are in the middle of cooking an Italian dish and realize you are out of Italian seasoning, there is no need to fear. This is one of the easiest spice blends to substitute! Here are 8 great substitutions to help you out of a pickle.

There is no set recipe for Italian seasoning. If you search the different brands available in your local grocery, you will likely find a few variations. The base is oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary and marjoram, but some mixtures include fennel seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and parsley.

If you have ever been in the middle of a recipe that calls for Italian seasoning and find yourself without, you can easily mix up one of these options for the best Italian seasoning substitutes!

Italian seasoning is used in so many foods. They all have a different twist on which combination they include in the blend of herbs. But pasta sauces, pizza sauce, breads, oils, soups and salads are some on the list.

1. Make Your Own Italian Herb Blend  You may or may not choose to include salt as a filler. Making your own blend is great because it allows you to fully customize the amount of each herb. Want a kick? Add a bit of cayenne pepper.

You may find  that some are different sizes. You can blend them all together in a blender or food processor to even out the size of the herbs. Store your own version in an airtight container or empty spice jar for up to six months.

2. Oregano and Basil Two of the main herbs, most noticeable flavors in Italian seasoning are oregano and basil, so make sure you at least have these two on hand.

Oregano tends to overpower a dish, so it may be a good idea to use less oregano than basil. A 2:1 ratio is a good idea. Blend them together and use the mixture just like you would Italian seasoning.

3. Herbes de Provence is a spice mixture from France, very similar to Italian seasoning but with the addition of lavender. This simple addition of lavender flowers can drastically change the taste of your recipe and add a sweet flavor, so use this substitution with caution.

4. Fresh Herbs add amazing color and flavor to a dish. It’s important to note that fresh herbs will not be as potent as dried herbs, so you may need to use a lot more than you expect–up to three times more than what your recipe calls for.

5. Greek Seasoning is very similar to Italian seasoning but may have hints of lime or lemon thrown in, giving that signature Greek flavor. It’s a decent substitute for most recipes.

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