Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning

Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning

Add a delicious kick to your Italian dishes with this hot Italian sausage seasoning. It’s perfect for pasta, pizza, and more!

Hot Italian sausage seasoning is a versatile mix of herbs and spices that has a bold flavor that is both savory and slightly sweet with a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes. It’s the perfect seasoning for adding a burst of flavor to your favorite Italian dishes, from pasta and pizza to soups and stews. It’s easy to use — you just sprinkle it in — and it adds a delicious depth of flavor. So, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your next pasta sauce, this Italian sausage spice recipe is for you!

Whenever I make spaghetti, lasagna, or anything with a marinara sauce that I want to add a “meaty” flavor to, I just sprinkle in about a teaspoon of this seasoning.


What Is Sausage Seasoning Made Of?

  • Italian Seasoning: A blend of herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary, and thyme, the combination of which creates a savory and slightly sweet herby flavor.
  • Black Pepper: Spicy and pungent, with a hint of heat.
  • Fennel: Sweet and licorice-like, with a subtle anise flavor.
  • Paprika: Smoky and slightly sweet, with a hint of heat.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Spicy and lightly fruity, with consistent heat.
  • Garlic: Pungent, savory, with a slight sweetness.
  • Onion: Pungent, savory, and sweet.

How Do You Blend Spices Together?

Making a spice blend is super easy. All you need to do is gather the spices and herbs that the recipe calls for along with a bowl and a spoon. Then you just measure out the specified amounts of each spice and herb, mix them together in the bowl, and then store the blend in an airtight container like a little glass spice jar.

For a finer blend, you can also use a food processor or a spare coffee grinder to grind the spices together. Experimenting with different combinations of spices is a great way to create your own unique flavor. If you like this spice blend, you might also like my homemade taco seasoning recipe.


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Is Sausage Seasoning Vegan?

Vegetarians who enjoy Italian food will absolutely love this hot Italian sausage seasoning because it is completely vegan. This seasoning recipe adds a flavorful kick to any dish without having to add meat, giving your food the flavors of spicy Italian sausage without actually adding any sausage. The combination of fennel, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes creates an incredibly savory and aromatic flavor, with just the right amount of heat.

It tastes great in vegetarian lasagna, any other pasta recipes, in homemade soups, and it’s also a great seasoning to use for making hot Italian seitan sausages or vegetarian meatballs.

How To Use Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning

It’s easy to use this seasoning to give your food the flavor of hot Italian sausage. When making any kind of marinara sauce, spaghetti, or any other tomato-based recipe, just add half a teaspoon at a time to your taste. It’s best to add the seasoning at the beginning of the cooking stage, like whenever you would normally add in crushed tomatoes or passata, or when the recipe calls for adding dried spices and herbs.

Hot Italian Sausage Seasoning Recipe

Makes about half a cup of seasoning.


  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.


Store in an airtight container and add to food as desired.

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