Pizza Hut Breadsticks are the perfect counterpart to pizza. Buttery, chewy, and loaded with seasonings, you could almost pass up the pizza and load up on breadsticks alone. I know I’ve done this a time or two. If you’re going to skip the pizza anyway, why not make the breadsticks at home? You can prepare as many as you want, and if they’re made from scratch, they taste even better.
Today, we’re sharing a copycat Pizza Hut Breadstick recipe that you’ll definitely want to bookmark for future use. Besides preparing the breadsticks themselves, we’ll also share how to prepare the seasoning and the dipping sauce. The seasoning can be a bit salty, so if you prefer a more toned-down version, we recommend using unsalted butter or reducing the amount of garlic powder or salt this recipe calls for.
The tomato-based dipping sauce is warm and tasty. Prepare this by cooking tomato sauce and spices, marinating the flavors, and creating a delicious flavor-fusion perfect for dipping your homemade breadsticks.
This recipe takes about an hour to cook with a resting time of an hour and a half. During the resting period, you can prepare your seasoning and sauce, so that once the breadsticks have baked, it’ll be time to eat!
Pizza Hut Breadsticks Recipe
For the Dough
- 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp instant rapid-rise yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups bread flour
For the Dipping Sauce
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
For bread Stick Seasoning
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter, divided, melted
For the Dough
- First, let's make the dough. Place the dry milk powder, sugar, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add the water and stir to mix well. Allow the mixture to sit until the mixture starts to bubble, about 2 to 5 minutes. Add the olive oil and stir again.
- On low speed, gradually add the flour until a dough begins to form. Increase the speed to medium-low and knead until a soft, slightly tacky dough forms and it clears the sides of the bowl. This should take about 5 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two.
- Coat the bottoms of two 9x13-inch pans with 4 tablespoons each of the melted butter. Roll each piece of dough into a 9x13-inch rectangle and fit in the bottom of each pan. Brush the tops of the dough with 1 tablespoon of melted butter each. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area until it's puffed and nearly doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, let's prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar, oregano, basil, marjoram, garlic powder, and salt. Place over medium heat until the sauce begins to boil. Then reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Next, preheat the oven to 475° to bake the dough. Once the dough has risen, remove the plastic wrap and cut each pan of dough into 10 equal breadsticks using a pizza cutter. Bake until golden brown and the edges begin to look crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.
- While the breadsticks are in the oven, we can prepare the breadstick seasoning. In a small bowl, stir together the Parmesan cheese, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, basil, and salt.
- As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush each pan with the remaining 1 tablespoon each melted butter. Then sprinkle with the seasoning. Allow the breadsticks to cool for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan. Then use a spatula to slide the breadsticks out onto a cutting board. Slice the breadsticks with a pizza cutter or knife and serve warm or at room temperature with the dipping sauce.
- The seasoning can be a bit salty, so taste it before spreading on the breadsticks. You can tone down the saltiness by adding olive oil.
If you really love breadsticks, you can make different versions and see which one you like better. We also have an Olive Garden Breadstick recipe you can try. Enjoy!