Mix up a batch of Italian Sausage Seasoning and then put it in soups and sauces to make everything taste like delicious sausages, or use it to make homemade Italian sausages or Italian sausage patties!
Note: Below you’ll find a recipe for a full batch of Italian sausage seasoning. In addition, in case you only need a little bit, we’ve also given a recipe below that makes a small batch of just 2 tablespoons. We hope you find this helpful!
Years ago I made a batch of a vegetarian Italian tomato soup that called for crushed fennel seeds as one of the ingredients. I was amazed that the soup ended up tasting like it had sausage in it. I think it was because the fennel reminded my taste buds of Italian Sausages.
From then on, I started putting fennel seeds in all kinds of things to add that meaty sausage flavor.
So, whether you’re making some Italian sausages, or you want to season some ground pork or turkey with Italian sausage flavor, mix up a batch of this blend. You’ll use it for sausages, but also add it to other Italian dishes for that extra amazing flavor.
Note that if you want this to be hot, like hot Italian sausages, then include the full amount of red pepper flakes. If you want it to be mild, then leave out the red pepper flakes, or put less.
Also, the recipe calls for Italian seasoning. You can use a store-bought Italian seasoning. If doing so, choose one that does not contain salt since there is salt in the sausage seasoning blend and the result will have too much salt. If you want to use dried herbs that you have in your pantry instead of buying Italian seasoning, then use this recipe for Italian seasoning. It contains dried basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and granulated garlic (like garlic powder).
Making a Small Batch of Italian Sausage Seasoning
If you want a full batch of Italian sausage seasoning in your pantry that you can grab and use whenever, then scroll down to make the full recipe. However, if you just want a small batch to use right now in a recipe that calls for it, or, if you just want to know approximately how much of each ingredient to add directly to something that you’re cooking, I have the info for you here.
Here is how to make just about 2 tablespoons of Italian sausage seasoning, which is a good amount to season 2 and 1/2 pounds of ground meat. Note that this blend contains salt, so you’ll want to be careful if anything else in the recipe calls for salt.
|To Make 2 Tablespoons of Italian Sausage Seasoning, Combine:|
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. onion powder
• 3/4 tsp. dried parsley
• 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
• 3/4 tsp. salt
• 1/2 tsp. black pepper
• 1/2 tsp. crushed fennel seeds
• 1/2 tsp. paprika
To Add Directly to the Food You’re Cooking: Add equal amounts of garlic powder and onion powder. Then use a bit less than that of dried parsley, of Italian seasoning, and of salt, and then a bit less of black pepper, of crushed fennel seeds, and of paprika.
More Sausage Seasonings:
If you like the idea of making your own Italian Sausage Seasoning, you will also love making other seasoning blends that are used to flavor sausage. These can be used to make sausage, or also to make other dishes you cook have that flavor profile. They’re wonderful mixes to have on hand!
Enjoy! -Christine xo
- 2 and 1/2 Tbsp. granulated garlic
- 2 and 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
- 5 tsp. dried parsley
- 5 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 5 tsp. salt
- 3 and 3/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 and 1/4 tsp. crushed fennel seed
- 1 and 1/4 tsp. paprika
- Mix all ingredients together and stir in an airtight container.