Italian seasoning is made by combining common spices. The seasoning is easily assembled in a medium bowl. A spice grinder or mortar and pestle may be useful but are not necessary.
Combine 3 tablespoons of dried basil, 3 tablespoons of oregano and 3 tablespoons of parsley flakes. Add in 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried thyme and 1 teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary. Mix in 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Lightly stir the spices together. In small batches, use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to grind spices until they are the grit of coarse sand. A spoon may also be used to crush spices, but may not result in as fine a grit. Pour seasoning into an airtight container to store them for up to six months. This recipe yields 7 tablespoons or 84 1/4-teaspoon servings and can be used in any recipe requiring Italian seasoning.
A popular use for Italian seasoning is as a coating for baked chicken. One tablespoon Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon salt blended with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil is enough to coat 3 pounds of bone-in chicken parts and 2 pounds of potatoes cut into cubes. Potatoes and chicken should be tossed in the mixture and roasted for 45 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.