Issa’s Italian Spice Mix

Last week I made sun-dried tomatoes to go in my custom spice mix. I love this mix and use it on all kinds of things. My favorite is to use it liberally on fried potatoes, but I’ve been known to sprinkle it over all kinds of things. I used to just by random Italian seasoning mixes at the grocery store, but it’s even more fun to make my own. Just a mortar and pestle and a bunch of stuff thrown in, and I think it comes out super yummy.

Here’s the recipe in case you want to try yourself.


  • Oregano – 2 tbsp
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – 2 tbsp (make your own!)
  • Rosemary – 1 tbsp
  • Basil – 1 tbsp
  • Marjoram – 1 tbsp
  • Parsley – 1 tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorn – 1 tsp
  • Kosher salt – 1 tsp

The sun-dried tomatoes don’t grind well in the mortar and pestle, so I either chop them up as small as I can get them, or just pull them apart (I’ve got great fingernails!)

Then, everything goes in the mortar and pestle and I grind away. I consider it finished when there are no more whole peppercorns.

I used to store it in a leftover empty spice jar, but I use this so much, I needed more quantity at a time, so now I’m using a leftover jelly jar.