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Italian Sausage Seasoning Recipe

Here's a simple 4-ingredient copycat of Penzey's Spices Italian Sausage Seasoning.

Every couple of months we make it down to Denver where I hit the Cherry Creek Penzey's Spices store to "provision up" on flavors from the around the world—Vietnamese Cinnamon, French Thyme, Chinese Five Spice—to name just a few.

Well, it's been more than a couple of months, supplies are running low, and last week I found myself in a bind. You see, the kids and I are saddling up and heading to Idaho later this week and I wanted to cook up a huge pot of Bolognese to freeze for my husband so he won't whither away while I'm gone.

But agghhhh!

I was out of Penzey's Italian Sausage Seasoning—the secret ingredient in my Bolognese!

What to do. What to do!

So I made some.

And it was fantastic!

I've been sprinkling it on my morning scramble, on veggies, on quesadillas, you name it. My friend Kelly over at The Spunky Coconut made grilled chicken breasts with it—brushed on a little oil and seasoned liberally. Funny though, I have yet to make Italian sausage with it.

This blend is a little lighter on the salt than the Penzey's version so if you like yours extra salty, just add a 1/2 tablespoon more.

As for the Bolognese recipe, you can find it here. Crock pottin' easy!

Lexie's Kitchen Italian Seasoning Blend

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Paleo (omit sugar)


1 tablespoon FENNEL SEED
1-1/2 tablespoon SEA SALT
1/2 teaspoon granulated SUGAR


  1. Add all ingredients to coffee or spice grinder.
  2. Grind to a fine powder.
  3. Store in airtight jar.

More DIY Spice Blends

Blackened Seasoning Mix over at Gluten-Free Easily
Taco Seasoning
over at Alisa Cooks
Holy Curry Batman
over at The Urban Poser
Bahrat Spice Blend
over at Diet Dessert and Dogs
Ras al Hanout
(Moroccan Spice Blend) over at Cara's Cravings
Spice Blend
over at The Balanced Platter via Tasty Eats At Home
Jamaican Curry Powder Blend
over at Tasty Eats At Home
Lexie's Beef Stew Seasoning
here at Lexie's Kitchen
Lexie's Chili Seasoning here at Lexie's Kitchen

Reader Comments (10)

Lexie, I love this recipe! I'm all about making one's own blends so I don't have to rely on being stocked up on them. Thanks so much for this one, and I look forward to your Bolognese--yum!


p.s. Just voted! You're in the Top 10! :-)

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

what a great spice blend! so many things to try with it! thanks for sharing!

Shirley and Caralyn,

Can't wait for you to try it and report back : ) And thanks for the votes!!


May 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Love this! I've been digging Italian Sausage lately, so it will be nice to have the flavor when I wnt even if I have no sausage around. :D

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

what sugar would you substitute if you wanted to make this low carb?

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCMS

CMS -- it is only 1/2 teaspoon. If you are avoiding sugar to that degree, simply omit. xoLexie

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

This sounds great and its simple! Thanks for the recipe - and with ingredients I can EAT!!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda C

LOVE the new blog design. :):):) Oh, and this seasoning looks great too. :)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

Gasp! I love your new blog design! It was adorable before but now it's even more sophisticated. WELL done!!! :-)

I love the new look here at Lexie's Kitchen (LOVE it) and I also love Penzey's. Your blend sounds wonderful. Next time you're in Penzey's, buy a small jar of Balti Seasoning. Oh my gosh, it is my favorite spice blend ever. I use it so often. I even have a cookie and a muffin recipe that features Balti Seasoning. One sniff and you will be totally taken by the smell. I say small jar, just in case you're not crazy about it. I buy it by the big jar, 2 at a time. =)

Here's voting for you Lexie!

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