These taste soooo close to Olive Garden® breadsticks! So delicious! Goes well with pizza, pasta, and soup!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

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  • Beat flour, oil, egg, salt, remaining sugar, and remaining warm water into yeast mixture until smooth, adding more flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn dough onto a floured work surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to cover completely with oil. Cover bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm area until dough is doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

  • Grease a baking sheet.

  • Punch dough down and turn onto a floured work surface. Divide dough into 18 pieces and shape each into a 6-inch rope. Arrange dough pieces on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart; cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 25 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Remove cover from dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Whisk butter and garlic salt together in a bowl; brush over each breadstick. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each.

Cook's Note:

I personally turn the oven on warm and put the bowl on the oven to let rise.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 14.9g 5% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 24.9mg 8% DV; sodium 173mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2015
Wow, this recipe really complemented my meal! I found I needed to add more flour to make the dough the right consistency, and after putting the toppings on at the end, I put them back in the oven for 1 minute to melt the Parmesan cheese. Worked great. Thanks for an easy and delicious bread stick! So much better than store-bought...I may even try freezing some to have on hand, but I'd need to make another batch. This first batch didn't last past one meal at my house. :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2019
I had to add more than a cup of flour before I was even able to start kneading. There was way too much sugar and half a stick of butter would have been plenty. I may try to use this recipe again but it would probably be as dinner rolls. Read More
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73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2016
This is a very delicious light and fluffy breadstick. Best breadstick recipe I have found!As other suggested I did reduce the sugar because I wanted more of a savory than a sweet bread. I also added about three-quarter cups extra flour. After waiting five minutes for the yeast and the sugar to foam up then I added the remaining bread ingredients into my KitchenAid stand mixer bowl and put on the hook attachment and let it run for about 6 minutes. It came out as perfect bread dough. I added fresh rosemary and Italian seasonings to my bread dough. This recipe is very flexible you can add your own seasonings to taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2015
Wow, this recipe really complemented my meal! I found I needed to add more flour to make the dough the right consistency, and after putting the toppings on at the end, I put them back in the oven for 1 minute to melt the Parmesan cheese. Worked great. Thanks for an easy and delicious bread stick! So much better than store-bought...I may even try freezing some to have on hand, but I'd need to make another batch. This first batch didn't last past one meal at my house. :) Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2018
Soft, sweet breadsticks just the way I like them...the author says these are as close to the Olive Garden ones as she has tasted and I agree whole heartedly - I spray the tops if mine with water to get them nice and brown and then put the melted butter on immediately...also, i put whole cloves of garlic and a pinch of cayenne in the butter instead of garlic salt to give the butter a nice infused garlic flavor - it is worth mentioning that i live on a boat and make my recipes in a small Force Ten propane oven...our part of the marina always smells like fresh bread and tasty treats Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2015
Love these! Simple enough but I don't think they require half a stick of butter. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2016
These were very soft and good, but a bit too sweet for my taste. Also, I only used 1/4 c. of butter for the tops. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2016
Too sweet for me. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2019
I had to add more than a cup of flour before I was even able to start kneading. There was way too much sugar and half a stick of butter would have been plenty. I may try to use this recipe again but it would probably be as dinner rolls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2016
This is the recipe I will use for bread sticks from now on. Very yummy! Embarrassed to say the 5 of us almost polished off the whole recipe. More flour, less butter would make it a five star recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2015
Turned out just like the photo, and it was good, but a little too sweet for me. I'd leave out sugar, except the little bit that goes into the yeast & water. Read More
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