Bouquet Garni Recipe

The traditional bouquet garni recipe does not call for basil, but I find basil to be a wonderful addition to the the traditional bouquet garni herbs.

If you do not already know, a bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs tied inside a cheesecloth and steeped in soups or stews for flavor. Before serving, the cheescloth bundle is removed and none of the herbs actually remain in the dish, but the flavor they leave behind is incredible.

Typically fresh herbs are used, but using dried herbs to make your own bouquet garni seasoning is a great way to use up all of those jars in your cabinet. Especially the ones that are about to pass their prime. So before you throw those jars away, think about how you can use them to add flavor to what you are cooking. Here is the recipe that I like.


  • parsley
  • thyme
  • bay leaf
  • celery leaves
  • basil


Mix equal parts of each dried herb and store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Make as much or as little as you need, or make a big batch to store for up to six months.

If you have an herb garden, this is a great way to use your end-of-the season herbs, you'll just need to dry them first. If you only grow some of these herbs, dry the ones you do grow and add the store-bought dried version of the rest.

Another great tip is to purchase celery with the leaves still on it. It is much cheaper than purchasing celery hearts and you can snip off the small stems with leaves, hang them upside down to dry and use them in a seasoning mix like this one.

Dried Herb Recipes

If you liked the Bouquet Garni Recipe, here are a few more to consider. It is a great way to enjoy that great summer taste all winter long.

Pasta Blend Herbes de Provence Vegetable Seasoning Italian Seasoning Recipe

Sauce & Maranade

If you are looking for ways to add a little zest to your meal, consider some of these sauces and maranades.

Basil Dressing Flavored Mayonnaise (Basil Mango)
Parsley Basil Salad Dressing Basil Infused Olive Oil
Basil Butter Classic Basil Pesto Recipe
Walnut Pesto Recipe Basil Cream Sauce
Basil Shallot Mustard Basil Paste
Presto Pesto Spinach Basil Pesto
Basil Lemon Salad Dressing and Maranade

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