Monday, May 17, 2010

Easy Italian Seasoning Blend - Sweet Basil and Garlic

This week, I'm trying to update my list of dry spice blends. Using around 12-15 basic kitchen spices, I've got several spice blends that are comparable to or better than store bought seasoning mixes and they are far cheaper than the store's prices, too. Here is my favorite Italian seasoning blend - this is great for pasta sauce, salad, soup, or your favorite meat/seafood/poultry.

1/8 C. basil ($.15)
2 T. parsley ($.05)
2 T. garlic powder ($.12)
1 T. onion powder ($.06)
2 tsp. oregano (I like the Mexican oregano, but any will work just fine) ($.15)
1/4 tsp. rosemary ($.05)
1 tsp. paprika ($.05)
1/2 tsp. chili powder ($.05)
1 tsp. garlic salt ($.05)
1/2 tsp. black pepper ($.05)
1/2 tsp. cornstarch (to keep spices for clumping - especially in humid weather, optional) ($.05)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (if you want it a little spicy, optional) ($.05)

Cost: $.88

1/4 tsp. per salad serving
1 T. per 4 quarts of pasta sauce (or enough to feed 5 people)
2 tsp. per pound of meat
2 T. per 4-5 quarts of soup
1 tsp. per batch of croutons

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