Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

Who else besides me goes to Olive Garden for the breadsticks? Probably all of us!

The light and airy breadsticks are so fluffy and soft, they’re better than any store-made bread. If only you could make them from your own kitchen. Well, now you can! Today, we’re sharing a delicious copycat Olive Garden Breadstick recipe that is perfect for dipping in your Minestrone soup or your garden salad. Made from scratch, you might even find that they taste better than the restaurant’s version. We’re also including instructions on preparing the simple butter garlic spread to brush across the breadsticks – topping off this perfectly irresistible recipe.

There are quite a few steps to follow, but if you have a standing mixer, the prep job will be way easier. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the dough. Most of the time is spent just waiting for the dough to rise. Make sure not to skip this part because you want the dough to rise properly to make soft fluffy breadsticks. If you are in a hurry, the breadsticks will turn out hard and dense.

This recipe yields 12 breadsticks, but you can double the recipe for more. You can also freeze the dough for up to three months.

Olive Garden Bread Sticks

Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 170 kcal


  • standing mixer


For the Bread Sticks

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp warm water (110 - 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil

For the Topping

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar until the yeast has dissolved. Allow these ingredients to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the remaining granulated sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Then attach the mixer with the paddle attachment and blend the mixture until it's mixed well.
  • Switch the mixer paddle to a dough hook attachment. Add in 1 1/2 cups flour and knead the mixture on low speed, adding up to 1/4 cup additional flour as needed. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer the dough to a large buttered mixing bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm place until it doubles, which will be about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch the risen dough down, and divide it into 12 equal portions (2 ounces each by weight). Keep them covered with the plastic wrap as you work. Roll each piece into a 9-inch rope on a lightly floured surface. Then transfer them to two parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Cover and let the dough rise for another hour. During this time, preheat oven to 425.
  • Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 11 to 13 minutes, until the breadsticks are golden.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together 1/4 tsp salt and garlic powder.
  • Remove the breadsticks from oven and run a stick of butter over the while they're hot. Then immediately sprinkle them with the garlic salt mixture. Serve and enjoy!


  • As you're mixing the dough, it should pull away from the sides of the bowl but should still be slightly sticky. If you add too much flour, the dough will become too hard to shape, and breadsticks will be drier and denser.
  • If the yeast doesn’t bubble up during the 10-minute rest, then it’s gone bad, so you'll want to start with new yeast (make sure it hasn’t expired).
  • Be sure to allow the dough and shaped breadsticks enough time to rise so they’re fluffy.

Are you looking for more meal inspiration? Perhaps something simple to accompany your breadsticks? Check out our list of 30+ easy recipes that you can make from home with basic ingredients.

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