Add an authentic taste of Tuscany to your dishes with this homemade Tuscan seasoning mix. It’s a versatile Italian seasoning blend that enhances pasta sauces, chicken dishes, and vegetables. This budget-friendly alternative to store-bought spice blends makes a great addition to your from-scratch spice rack.
I went on a very memorable trip to Siena in Tuscany with my now husband in 2010 and fell in love with the region and its unique cuisine. I’ve started to make my own Tuscan seasoning to easily add those flavors to our favorite Italian dishes and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as my family does.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Authentic Tuscan blend: Add authentic flavors of Tuscany to your meals with this authentic blend of herbs that are home to the region of Tuscany.
- Versatile: Add the unique spice blend to a variety of dishes, from rich pasta sauces to roast chicken and homemade garlic bread.
- Natural ingredients: It’s naturally gluten-free and doesn’t include any artificial flavorings or preservatives.
- Budget-friendly: This homemade spice mix makes an excellent edible food gift.
What is the difference between Italian seasoning and Tuscan seasoning?
Italian seasoning is a more general fragrant blend while Tuscan seasoning incorporates specific herbs like marjoram, rosemary, and unique additions like fennel seeds for a more distinct, regional flavor.
- Tuscan herbs – Dried marjoram and fennel seeds give this herbal blend its unique Tuscan flavor. Dried rosemary, basil, and oregano create a robust Italian herbal base.
- Garlic – You can use garlic powder or granulated garlic for this recipe.
- Seasoning – Sea salt and ground black pepper round out the flavors.
Lemon zest: Add a zesty twist by incorporating dried lemon zest into the homemade seasoning.
Sesame: Add nutty toasted sesame seeds for an earthy twist.
Hot spice: Add red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper for a burst of color and flavor.
- Fresh ingredients: For the best flavor, use high-quality dried herbs, organically grown if possible.
- Store well: Keep the Tuscan spice blend in an airtight container in a dark place to preserve its freshness.
- Grind it up: I like the chunky texture of this spice blend but you can also grind the herb blend to a finer consistency just before cooking for maximum aromas and freshness.
How to use this homemade Tuscan seasoning blend
This wonderful blend of herbs adds amazing flavor to a variety of dishes:
- Sprinkle on pasta dishes incl. chicken bolognese or add to sauces and casseroles for a taste of Tuscany.
- Rub onto meat incl. chicken thighs, lamb cutlets, steak, or Tuscan pork loin roast.
- Add to your favorite Italian vegetable dishes – perfect for roasted red bell pepper or green bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, or zucchini.
- Mix it with your favorite olive oil to create an easy marinade or a delicious dip to enjoy with crusty bread such as my Turkish pide.
Stir the blend before using it to ensure all ingredients are well combined and haven’t settled in the container.
Stored in an airtight container in your spice cupboard, it can last for up to 3 months.
Tuscan seasoning is not typically known for being spicy; instead, it emphasizes locally grown herbs and aromatic Italian flavors.
Homemade Tuscan Seasoning Mix
- 1 tbsp dried marjoram
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried rosemary
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all herbs and spices.1 tbsp dried oregano, 1 tbsp dried marjoram, 1 tbsp dried thyme, 1 tbsp dried basil, 2 tsp dried rosemary, 2 tsp fennel seeds, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Thoroughly combine the spices and herbs with a spoon or small whisk.
- Transfer the spice blend into a sterilized, lidded jar and use as directed in your favorite Tuscan recipes.