These Olive Garden breadsticks are irresistible. They're light and fluffy with a crisp crust and a delicious garlicky buttery flavor. And they're easy to make, so these Olive Garden breadsticks are the perfect addition to any weeknight dinner!
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The Best Olive Garden Breadsticks
Olive Garden's breadsticks have to be one of the best things on the menu.
I mean, does it get any better than those delicious endless breadsticks?!
I don't think so, and since they're so darn good and I have so many Olive Garden recipes on the blog already, I just had to make this copycat Olive Garden breadsticks recipe. And honestly, I think they're better than the ones you'd get from the restaurant!
Seriously, these Olive Garden breadsticks are perfectly crisp on the outside with a fluffy center and the most delicious garlic butter flavor.
Sounds delicious, right?!
Trust me, once you get a bite of these homemade breadsticks, you'll want to make them on the side for dinner every single night.
And not only are these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks crazy delicious, but they're actually easy to make too. So if you don't have any previous cooking experience making artisan breadsticks, don't worry! You don't need it to make these turn out incredible.
Oh, and since most of the recipe is passive, you won't have a problem making them alongside any weeknight dinner. If you're looking for what to serve with Olive Garden's breadsticks, my go-to meals are this Olive Garden shrimp alfredo or Olive Garden chicken pasta. Of course, you have to serve this Olive Garden salad as a starter.
You only a few simple ingredients to make these delicious Olive Garden breadsticks. And they're all typically found in the pantry, so I bet you won't even need to run to the store before starting this breadstick recipe!
Anyway, here are all of the Olive Garden breadsticks ingredients:
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tsp. instant yeast
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups bread flour, plus more as needed for dusting
- ½ tsp. salt
And the garlic butter topping ingredients:
- 2 tbsp. butter, melted
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
See what I mean by simple?
By the way, if you have to grab yeast from the store, it's well worth picking up cause you can use it to make these Texas Roadhouse rolls next!
How To Make Olive Garden Breadsticks
As I mentioned earlier, these breadsticks are super simple to make! Basically, you'll mix the bread dough, let it rise, shape the dough into breadsticks, and bake 'em to perfection.
So, let's not waste any more time and get started!
Step 1: Make The Dough
First, you're going to start by lining a big baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, you can take out a large bowl and combine the warm water, instant yeast, granulated sugar, and melted butter in it. Then you'll want to let it sit for a few minutes until the mixture gets foamy.
Once it foams, you can add the flour a little at a time, mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. Then, after all of the flour is incorporated into a dough, add the salt and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. If you have a stand mixer, you can use the dough hook on medium-low speed instead.
Step 2: Let The Dough Rise
After 10 minutes of kneading, you'll want to transfer the dough to a greased bowl. You can either use extra virgin olive oil or a cooking spray like canola oil to ensure the slightly sticky dough doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.
Next, you'll want to lightly cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 1-2 hours or until it's doubled in size. If your dough is sitting in a warm place, it may be done sooner. Either way, you'll know it's ready once it has doubled in size.
Step 3: Shape the Dough
Once the dough has been proofed, you can divide the dough into 6-8 equal sized balls. Then on a lightly floured surface, roll each individual ball into 8-inch logs.
Then you can arrange them on the prepared baking sheet and let them proof for 30 more minutes.
Step 4: Bake The Breadsticks
While the dough is proofing again, you can preheat the oven to 400°F (200ºC).
Then once the dough is ready, you can place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the breadsticks for 12 minutes or until they're golden brown on top.
As soon as the breadsticks are baked to perfection, you can remove 'em from the oven, brush each breadstick with the melted butter, and sprinkle a mix of kosher salt and garlic powder on top. Or you can use some garlic salt to season them if you want instead.
Finally, serve the breadsticks warm, and enjoy!
How To Store Olive Garden Breadsticks
This recipe for Olive Garden breadsticks makes 6 delectable servings. If you're making these for a group of people, I can almost guarantee that you won't have any leftovers.
However, if you find you do have some leftover breadsticks, they store quite well. Just let the breadsticks cool completely to room temperature, and then store them wrapped in foil in a sealed bag or an airtight container. Then you can keep the breadsticks at room temperature for 4-5 days.
And if you want to keep the breadsticks for longer, you can store them wrapped in foil in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How To Reheat Olive Garden Breadsticks
If you're craving that fresh-out-of-the-oven experience, you can reheat these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks. Either put them in the microwave to reheat for about 10 seconds or heat them up in a toaster oven on the warming option for about 3 minutes.
And if you're starting from frozen breadsticks, you'll want to either let them thaw or add some more time to the reheating methods.
FAQS About This Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe
Can you freeze Olive Garden breadsticks?
Yes, you can freeze Olive Garden breadsticks. You can freeze the uncooked dough balls, then let them thaw and rise, shape them into breadsticks, and bake. Or you can freeze the cooked breadsticks in a freezer bag or airtight container in the freezer for 3 months.
How many breadsticks can Olive Garden give you?
It is said that Olive Garden brings a breadstick for each person at the table, plus one extra to start. Then from there, they bring one breadstick per person for every refill. There isn't a limit to how many breadsticks Olive Garden can give you, but you'll definitely get full after a few refills.
Do they put butter on the breadsticks at Olive Garden?
Yes, Olive Garden puts garlic butter on all of their breadsticks. This is just one of the many components that makes them so delicious!
How many calories are in one breadstick at Olive Garden?
According to Olive Garden's menu, there are 140 calories in one breadstick at Olive Garden.
Wrapping It Up
Well, that's how to make copycat Olive Garden breadsticks.
Olive Garden's breadsticks are absolutely irresistible, and with this recipe, you can have them fresh at home anytime you want.
These baked breadsticks are just the thing to pair with your weeknight dinner. They're buttery, crispy, and fluffy all in one little breadstick. I know I'm biased, but you won't find a better copycat Olive Garden breadstick recipe out there.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family do.
And, of course, if you give this recipe a try, let me know how it goes in the comments below.
More Copycat Olive Garden Recipes
If you liked these baked breadsticks and want to cook delicious meals with them, we have a ton of copycat Olive Garden recipes on the blog you can make!
Check out all of these delicious recipes:
- Olive Garden shrimp scampi
- Olive Garden chicken parmigiana
- Olive Garden chicken alfredo
- Olive Garden chicken marsala
- Olive Garden giant cheese stuffed shells
- Prepare a big baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine warm water, instant yeast, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Let it sit for a few minutes, just until it gets foamy.
- Add the flour progressively. Once it has been mixed, add the salt. Knead for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover it, and let it proof for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
- Divide the dough into 6 balls and roll them into 8-inch logs. Arrange them on the prepared tray and let them proof for 30 minutes more.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200ºC). Bake them for 12 minutes or until they start to brown on top.
- Brush with the butter and a mix of salt and garlic powder.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g