Italian Essentials: Aunt Josephine’s Seasoning Mix

Andy Anderson !


I will admit, it is unquestionably easier to just buy this stuff at the store, and if you have a favorite Italian seasoning mix that you enjoy, then stick to what you like.

This dry spice has the usual ingredients with a few additions that my Aunt Josephine used to add, and to me it made all the difference.

As with all homemade spices, you can play a bit with the recipe to get exactly the flavors you are looking for.

I never got around to getting the “exact” proportions from my aunt, but I think this is rather close.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    dried greek oregano
  • 1 Tbsp
    parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1 tsp
    dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp
    dehydrated onions, crushed to a powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried savory
  • 1/4 tsp
    celery seed

How to Make Italian Essentials: Aunt Josephine’s Seasoning Mix


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add all the ingredients together in an air-tight glass container.
  4. Chef’s Note: Since this spice mix includes parmesan cheese, it is best to store in the fridge.
  6. Use in any situation that calls for Italian seasoning. Enjoy.
  7. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Aunt Josephine’s Seasoning Mix

Course/Dish: Seasoning Mixes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

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