Italian-Inspired Spice Mix

Italian Spices, create your favorite blend for sauces, soups, and sausage.  Oregano, basil, garlic, onion, bay leaf, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, parsley, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, fennel seed.  Diet and budget friendly

Italian flavor is a big crowd-pleaser from kids to grown ups.  It’s also pleasing to make, because the home cook can get creative and have a lot of fun designing the perfect sauce.  It’s all based on personal taste, so it seems like no two recipes are the same!  And that’s alright, because there is no right or wrong flavor, just what makes your family happy.

The spice mix ingredients below are basic guidelines.  Feel free to go crazy and add more basil, for example, if you really love basil.  Following the basic list are optional popular ingredients.  You could add them all or none.  It doesn’t matter how many or which ones, it won’t “break” the sauce.

Meal recipes follow for ideas on how to use the spice mix.  But you can use it for anything you would like to have an Italian flavor.

 

SPICE MIX INGREDIENTS:

Basic Italian-Inspired Spices:

  • 1-1/2 tsps dried oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsps garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (can omit if onion is already in your recipe)
  • 1 bay leaf (optional, remove when done cooking)

Sausage Flavors / Optional:

  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (increase to ½ if seasoning meat)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ tsp fennel seed (optional, recommended when seasoning meat)

TIP:  Sausage flavors will season 2 lbs of meat.

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RECIPE IDEAS
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Spaghetti Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1lb browned ground beef, pork or turkey, OR 2 chicken breasts (can cube, strip or leave whole), or NO meat!
  • 4 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • Your favorite blend of the Italian themed spice mix above
  • 2 Tbsps brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (you can always add more)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add meat, tomato sauce, seasonings, sugar and salt.  Heat on medium/low until sauce is hot.  If using chicken for meat, cook until centers are done.  Serve with cooked gluten-free pasta.

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Creamy Potato Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb ground browned unseasoned pork, beef or turkey (optional)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 4 cups cashew milk (you can use milk or other milk substitutes – cashew is recommended because it is creamier)
  • Italian-inspired spice seasoning, including your choice of sausage flavors (above)
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed to ½”
  • 2 cups Potato Flakes
  • 1 chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat chicken stock, milk, spices, potatoes and any optional ingredients until boiling.
  2. When soup reaches full boil, reduce heat to medium/low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in potato flakes.
  4. Allow to cool for several minutes, serve.


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