Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks

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Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe on http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com

Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe on http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com

If you’re anything like me, you may go to the Olive Garden purely for their “endless buffet of salad and breadsticks”! It’s the main thing that gets me there! I go carb crazy with their breadsticks–they’re soo yummy!  Jeff and I always order something yummy from the menu but end of chowing down on so many breadsticks and so much salad that we end up taking our dinner in a to-go box. 

I love this homemade version of Olive Garden Breadsticks! The dough bakes up so light and airy and the garlic topping is just perfect! I don’t think you’ll find us at Olive Garden quite as often now that we can make their breadsticks from home!

Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks
Yields 12
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  1. 1 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
  2. 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  3. 2 Tbsp sugar, divided
  4. 3 - 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
Garlic butter topping
  1. 2 Tbsp margarine or butter
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  1. Measure warm water in a liquid measuring cup. Add yeast and 1 tsp of the sugar and mix until yeast dissolves. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, add yeast mixture, remaining 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt and vegetable oil and mix to combine.
  3. Add in remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and knead mixture for 7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl but still be slightly sticky. Add remaining 1/4 cup of flour, if needed.
  4. Transfer dough to a large, greased bowl and cover with a dry towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rest in a warm place until double in size (about 1 - 1 1/2 hours).
  5. Once risen, punch dough down and divide it into 12 equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a 9in rope and transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise again for 1 hour.
  6. (I sprayed the top of my breadsticks with cooking spray to help them get golden while baking.)
  7. Bake breadsticks at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
  8. While the breadsticks bake, mix the garlic butter topping ingredients together. Brush butter mixture over the tops of the hot, cooked breadsticks. Serve warm. Store in a airtight container.
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Tastes Better From Scratch http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/

Looking for something yummy to serve them with?  Try:

Olive Garden’s Tuscan Garlic Chicken (copycat)

Spicy Chicken Soup

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta


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    • says

      Hi Lisa, Yes, you could do either right after you make the dough (before the first rising). For the frozen dough, take it out of the freezer in the morning and let it stand at room temperature to thaw and rise. Then roll into breadsticks and allow to rise again. For the refrigerated dough, it should rise overnight, so you can take it out of the fridge and immediately roll it into breadsticks. Then let it rise a little longer for the second rising to make sure it reaches room temp before baking.

  1. says

    I’m a big fan of olive. After looking at your pictures, I decided to try the recipe. Except for the sugar (i substitute with stevia), I kept everything else the same. The bread turns out real good…

  2. says

    Hey there,
    I sorta got inspired by your recipe & pictures today. Even though I used a little different dough (used 2/3 cup milk 1/3 water) and swirled the bread it just turned out delish!
    Thx for the inspiration.
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  3. Jessica says

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I am not good at making dough so used my bread machine to do this. Turned out amazing!

  4. Heidi says

    Yeah, so this was a complete failure for me. I followed the directions to a T and nothing. Didn’t raise at all and it was new yeast and the water was not too hot. I have no idea.

  5. Laura says

    These are phenomenal! I’m making them again tonight to go with lasagna. The only thing I add us a sprinkle of italian seasoning to the topping mix 🙂 Delicious

  6. Shanti says

    I am love with this recipe! I make the dough in my bread machine and usually make 2 or 3 batches in a row. After they rise on the pan I freeze them on the pan then put them in freezer bags. (I love opening my freezer to a big baggie full of breadsticks makes my mouth water!) On busy nights I take a few out they thaw SO quick and on busy nights they go great with any meal!! The whole family begs for these! Thank you! Pinned!

    • says

      Hi Sara, you can definitely freeze the baked leftovers! Just stick them in a gallon size freezer ziplock and they keep great. Super nice to have them on hand whenever you need a quick side!

  7. Tanya says

    These are amazing!!!!!! They are light and fluffy. I’m making them again tonight. This time I’m making rolls. I’m not so sure it’s a good thing I found your recipe. Lol I’m in love with it. I’ve made a lot of bread etc. this is just so good. Thanks for sharing. Also it’s an easy recipe to follow.

  8. Lindsey Scholz says

    I just had to come on here and tell you what a wonderful recipe this is! I was a little leery but these tasted exactly like all olive garden breadsticks! I wanted to just use garlic salt but I’m happy I followed the recipe & did what it said! Oh and people, just use butter!!!! It makes everything better!!! Also, I used a bread maker for my dough! So easy! Thank you so much! These will become a staple in our house!

  9. Amada says

    Woooooow first time making bread sticks, my dough didn’t rise much but I still went for it they tasted amazing thank you so much. Will definitely make these again in the future.

  10. Emma says

    Made these tonight… and they are EVIL! Buh-bye diet 😉 actually, they were great! Mine must have over risen a touch because they were almost too fluffy and light (is that possible?!). Will make them again! thanks for the recipe 🙂

  11. says

    I made these breadsticks for dinner tonight. OMG, they are the best! My husband said they tasted just like the OG breadsticks. I will definitely be making them again. Not only do they taste good, they are easy to make.

  12. Sienna says

    Just made these. They tasted awesome. When they were baking, my brother made the comment that they smelled like pretzels, so I might use this dough to make pretzels sometime.


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