In this post: Discover a recipe for homemade spaghetti seasoning that can be used in a variety of delicious Italian dishes. Try using this seasoning next time you make a batch of spaghetti!


Savory herbs such as parsley and basil combine with aromatic spices like onion and garlic to make the perfect flavor mixture for your sauce. Toss together this spaghetti seasoning when you want to make your homemade spaghetti sauce more flavorful!

Spaghetti seasoning in a white bowl.

What is Spaghetti Seasoning?

Spaghetti seasoning is a spice blend that goes perfectly with Italian dishes! It uses similar spices to Italian seasoning but with more garlic, onion, and basil. Seriously this seasoning is SO amazing for last-minute pasta sauce making!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This spaghetti seasoning recipe:

  • is quick and easy to make
  • keeps well in an airtight container for months
  • doesn’t contain complicated instructions or hard-to-find ingredients
  • can easily be adjusted to suit your individual taste
Dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, and black pepper in separate glass bowls.

Spaghetti Seasoning Ingredients

  • Dried parsley: great for adding a light parsley taste to seasoning mixes.
  • Onion powder: an easy way to add mild onion flavor.
  • Garlic powder: the best shelf-stable way to add delicious garlic flavor.
  • Italian seasoning: if you don’t have any, try making this recipe!
  • Dried basil: minty with a hint of anise.
  • Sea salt: you can use more or less of this based on your taste preferences.
  • Black pepper: smokey, woody, and spicey.

Variations

  • Instead of onion powder, you can use about 1/2 cup of fresh minced onion (only if you plan on using the seasoning immediately).
  • Instead of garlic powder, you can use about 8-12 cloves (around 1 bulb) of minced garlic (once again, only if you plan on using the seasoning immediately).
  • If you don’t have Italian seasoning (or the ingredients to make it), you can use some dried oregano and dried basil.
  • You can substitute black pepper for white pepper because the amount is small – if there was more pepper in the recipe, the slight flavor difference between white and black pepper would be too obvious to substitute.
Spaghetti seasoning in a glass jar next to two wooden spoons.

How to Make Spaghetti Seasoning

  1. Add the ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Stir until thoroughly mixed. 
  3. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 months in a cool, dry place.

Recipe Tips

  • If you like sweet spaghetti sauce, add ½ tablespoon of white granulated sugar to your spice mixture.
  • If you like spicy spaghetti sauce, add ½-1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers to your blend of spices.
  • The heavier spices will settle separately from the lighter seasonings so just give the seasoning a good shake before using it.
  • This recipe is easily doubled if you want to store it for more than one use.
  • This recipe makes enough for a spaghetti sauce recipe that uses 1 pound of ground meat. This is a very common amount for most tomato sauce recipes, which makes it easy to apply to most sauce recipes.
Tablespoon of spaghetti seasoning over a bowl of it.

How to Use Spaghetti Seasoning

You can use this spaghetti seasoning to make a variety of pasta-related dishes like:

How to Store

If you make this recipe to save for later, store it in an airtight container. Put the container in a cool, dark, and dry place so the seasoning doesn’t clump and become stale. When stored properly, you can use this seasoning at least 5 months after it’s mixed!

Dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, and black pepper in a shallow bowl.

FAQs

What’s the difference between spaghetti seasoning and Italian seasoning?

Italian seasoning is a mix of oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme whereas spaghetti seasoning is a spice mix that uses Italian seasoning along with other seasonings like garlic powder, black pepper, and more.

What spices go well with pasta?

The most common spices paired with pasta dishes are oregano, fresh basil, garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and dried thyme.

More Homemade Spice Blends

Spaghetti seasoning in a white bowl.

Homemade Spaghetti Seasoning

Yield: 3 tablespoons
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Savory herbs such as parsley and basil combine with aromatic spices like onion and garlic to make the perfect flavor mixture.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Stir until mixed well. 
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 months.

Notes

  • If you like a sweet touch to your spaghetti sauce, add ½ tablespoon of white granulated sugar to your spice mixture.
  • If you like a spicy spaghetti sauce, add ½ teaspoon of crushed red peppers.
  • The heavier spices such as the dried parsley will want to settle separately from the lighter seasonings such as the onion powder. Be sure to give it a good shake before using it.
  • This recipe is easily doubled if you want to store it for more than one use.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 537mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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