You can make Homemade Olive Garden breadsticks right from your own kitchen! Light, soft and perfectly seasoned breadsticks that taste just like the restaurant's!
Add warm water, yeast and 1 tsp of the sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and stir gently. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. The yeast should "proof" during this time, meaning the water mixture will get slightly foamy looking, which confirms the yeast is working. If this doesn't happen, your yeast is not fresh, or the water was too hot.
Add remaining sugar (1 Tbsp + 2 tsp sugar), 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt and vegetable oil and mix on medium speed, to combine.
Add another 1 1/2 cups flour and knead mixture for 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl but still be slightly sticky to the touch. Add remaining 1/4 cup of flour, only if needed.
Transfer dough to a large, greased bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to rest in a warm place until double in size (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours).
Once risen, punch dough down and divide it into 12 equal parts. Roll each piece of dough into a 9 inch rope and transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for 1 hour.
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, or in the freezer.