Homemade Italian Seasoning + Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale

This isn't regular old Italian seasoning! It has an extra punch of garlic and heat. You'll never go back to the old version! | Perrysplate.com #italianseasoning

Italian seasoning is pretty straightforward, right?

Usually a blend of 4-5 herbs. No fillers or sweeteners or weird ingredients. As far as seasoning blends go, it’s pretty clean.

So, why bother making homemade Italian seasoning?

Because the regular stuff is boring.

There. I said it.

This isn't regular old Italian seasoning! It has an extra punch of garlic and heat. You'll never go back to the old version! | Perrysplate.com #italianseasoning

Truth be told I’ve never been a fan of Italian seasoning. I’ve always thought it was boring, and I rarely used it.

Until I tried an “Italian blend” from a specialty spice company.

It will filled with bits of dried garlic and it had a little kick to it. It took regular Italian seasoning to a whole, new upgraded level.

AND I LOVED IT.

So, clearly I had to hack my own version. I kid you not, I LOVE this Italian seasoning blend. It has so much personality and kick.

You can find dried minced garlic in the the bulk spice area of grocery stores that offer it. Or sometimes you can find it in the regular spice section.

Where to find dried minced garlic?

The key is using dried minced garlic. (The same minced garlic I use in my Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning.)

Why? Because it give it a bigger punch of garlic flavor (and usually a better flavor) than using granulated garlic or garlic powder. 

Usually I find it in bulk spice sections of a couple grocery store (Winco, Fred Meyer, natural food stores usually have it). I recently saw some on the shelf with all the other spices (but costs more this way). This Simple Truth Organic label is a Kroger brand.

This isn't regular old Italian seasoning! It has an extra punch of garlic and heat. You'll never go back to the old version! | Perrysplate.com #italianseasoning

I also added dried minced onion and some crushed red pepper flakes for a little punch. 

I like storing these in little mason jars — bigger jars for bigger batches I make more often. (I make quart-size batches of Everything Bagel Seasoning. I’m not kidding.)

The recipe below makes about a cup, but you can cut it in half if you like. Or double/triple to make a bigger batch.

What to do with Homemade Italian Seasoning?

Oh, lots of things…

  • Sprinkle over your vegetables before you roast them (recipe below!)
  • Add a little to your vinaigrettes or creamy dressings for more flavor.
  • Give your meatballs and meatloaves and extra kick.
  • Upgrade plain steamed rice or Roasted Cauliflower Rice.
  •  Add to soups or stews.
  • Rub a bunch all over a pot roast before roasting.
  • Use in an Italian-flavored marinade for chicken or pork.
  • Sprinkle some on your pizza before baking, too!

Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale is a delicious side dish that uses a homemade Italian seasoning blend that give it an extra garlicky punch! | Perrysplate.com #roastedbroccoli #roastedvegetables

Bonus recipe: Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale

Then I made some Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale and it was SO PERFECT with a Roast Chicken and Lemon Herb Rice.

Have you ever roasted kale with your other vegetables? It turns all crispy and delicious. Like a bunch of kale chips mixed into your roasted vegetables. I love it.

It works well paired with quick-roasting vegetables like broccoli, shaved Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and small cubed sweet potatoes. 

I added that recipe for you below, too!

I’d love to see how you use this blend — post it online and tag me so I can see! @perrysplate #perrysplate

Homemade Italian Seasoning

Homemade Italian Seasoning

Yield: About 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This isn't your regular Italian seasoning -- it's an upgraded one with lots of garlic bits, minced onion, and pepper flakes for an added kick!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dried minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and store in a lidded container at room temperature for up to 24 months.

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Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale

Italian Roasted Broccoli & Kale

Yield: Serves 6 as a side
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Use your new Homemade Italian Seasoning to make this flavorful roasted broccoli and kale side dish! It goes beautifully with roasted or grilled meats or in a vegetarian grain bowl.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large broccoli crowns, cut into florets (about 4-5 cups)
  • 1 small head of kale, leaves removed from the stems and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil, or other neutral oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Homemade Italian Seasoning (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Lay the broccoli florets and chopped kale on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle everything with the oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt.
  4. Use your hands to combine everything well and spread it out evenly on the baking sheet.
  5. Roast on a lower oven rack for 15-20 minutes, flipping everything around every 5 minutes or so until the broccoli has dark golden spots and the kale is crispy.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nat's Note:

1. If you don't have my Homemade Italian Seasoning, use 2 teaspoons of regular Italian seasoning plus 1/4 teaspoon each of dried rosemary, granulated garlic, and onion powder. And a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

2. Adding some freshly grated Parmesan over these vegetables when they come out of the oven is not a bad idea.

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This isn't regular old Italian seasoning! It has an extra punch of garlic and heat. You'll never go back to the old version! | Perrysplate.com #italianseasoning