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Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe

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Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks will quickly make you forget about takeout! Relish the warm, chewy bites of Italian breadsticks infused with a rich, buttery garlic flavor. Now is the perfect time to create your own Olive Garden breadsticks at home!

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How to Make Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

Tips for Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks:

  • Water: Ensure the water temperature is not too hot. Water that is 100-110°F is ideal; hotter water can kill the yeast and prevent the breadsticks from rising.
  • The Sugar: A small amount of sugar is used to activate the yeast, tenderize the breadsticks, and enhance their softness. Accordingly, don’t skip the sugar—it won’t make the breadsticks sweet. Learn more about sugar’s role in baking here.
  • Measure accurately: It’s crucial to measure your ingredients correctly. When using cups, it’s easy to accidentally over-measure, especially with flour. I highly recommend using a digital kitchen scale. If you don’t have one, use the spoon-and-level method for accuracy.

Are Olive Garden Breadsticks Vegan?

These Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks are not vegan, and I haven’t tested them with plant-based butter. However, some readers have had success using Country Crock plant-based sticks (avocado oil-based) or substituting olive oil in the dough and Earth Balance for the topping. If you try any other alternatives, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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Do I Have to Use Bread Flour? Can I Use All-Purpose Flour Instead?

Bread flour contains more protein than all-purpose flour, which contributes to taller, well-rounded breadsticks with a chewy, fluffy texture. If you don’t have bread flour, you can use the same amount of all-purpose flour. However, you’ll need to knead the dough longer to develop the gluten properly, and your breadsticks may end up softer.

Which Yeast Should I Use for Breadsticks?

  • This recipe uses instant yeast, also known as rapid rise or quick rise yeast. You can find one of these types of yeast at most grocery stores, or you can purchase my favorite yeast on Amazon here.
  • Instant yeast is designed to eliminate the proofing step, where you typically combine yeast with warm liquid for 5 minutes. Accordingly, you can add it directly to the mix along with all the other ingredients.

Can I Knead the Dough By Hand?

Absolutely! Properly knead the dough to ensure the breadsticks maintain their shape and don’t flatten out. While a stand mixer makes kneading easy in this recipe, you can also knead by hand. Be ready for a bit of a workout, as hand-kneading will take about 15 to 20 minutes. You can find my complete tutorial on how to knead dough here.

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WANT TO SAVE THIS RECIPE?

Enjoy a full batch of tender, savory breadsticks right at home with this copycat Olive Garden breadstick recipe!

Unlimited breadsticks at your own dinner table?

Absolutely! One of the best parts of this easy copycat recipe is that it uses simple ingredients to create the fluffiest breadsticks ever!

It’s like having your own restaurant experience right at home! Pair these buttery breadsticks with any main dish or your favorite recipes.

I often dream about these Olive Garden copycat breadsticks – and for good reason!

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Pair these homemade Italian breadsticks with my copycat Olive Garden salad and recreate your favorite restaurant meals right at home!

I also have recipes for some of their popular dishes like Chicken Cutlet Recipe, 20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein , Zuppa Toscana, and Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Short on time? Try these air fryer garlic knots instead — made with refrigerated crescent roll dough, they can be ready in just 20 minutes.

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Olive Garden Breadstick Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use lukewarm water. If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast, preventing the dough from rising. Let the yeast get nice and foamy on the surface of the water mixture before whisking it in.
  • If it doesn’t bubble up, the yeast is bad — Accordingly, start with a fresh package. Be patient. Don’t rush through the second rise. It’s worth the extra time for perfectly fluffy Italian breadsticks! Additionally, add a dipping sauce! Classic Alfredo or your favorite marinara are perfect if you want to enjoy these Olive Garden breadsticks as a snack.
  • I even have a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s marinara sauce! Accordingly, Copycat Olive Garden breadsticks will stay fresh in a sealed container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  • Or, freeze them for up to 3 months and reheat in the oven before serving.

Italian Breadsticks Flavor Variations

While garlic salt is the classic topping, Italian or ranch seasoning would also be delicious on these fluffy Italian breadsticks.

And you can never go wrong with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan!

Alternatively, turn this Olive Garden breadstick recipe into a sweet dessert bread!

Instead of garlic salt, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the melted butter. Remember to reduce the salt in the dough to ¾ teaspoon as well.

Enjoy as-is or with a sweet glaze for dipping.

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌ ‌

  • Stand mixer with a dough hook attachment
  • Baking sheets lined with parchment paper – Ideal for baking cookies or roasting, a quality baking sheet will last for years.
  • Large bowl – Provides ample space for the dough to rise and ensures easy release.
  • Basting brush – Perfect for greasing pans and basting food.
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Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe FAQ

What’s the best flour for homemade breadsticks?

Bread flour will give the breadsticks a chewier texture and a bit more heft. I prefer it for that reason, but you can substitute all-purpose flour if needed.

Can I use garlic powder instead of garlic salt?

Many other recipes suggest it, but using garlic salt truly makes a significant difference. In fact, it’s the secret to Olive Garden’s signature flavor!
Combine it with generous amounts of melted butter, and you’ll achieve that irresistible taste of Olive Garden breadsticks.

How do you reheat Olive Garden breadsticks? 

To reheat, loosely wrap the breadsticks in foil and place them in a preheated oven at 325°F for approximately 5 minutes.
Alternatively, you can use the microwave, but ensure to add some extra moisture. Place the breadsticks on a heat-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat in 15-second intervals until warm.

What is the best way to store fresh breadsticks?

The first step is to allow the breadsticks to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container or sealed bag to protect them from the elements.
You can reheat this Olive Garden breadsticks copycat recipe in the microwave to warm them up, which may also enhance their chewiness.

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Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe

Making Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks at home will make you forget about takeout! Enjoy warm, chewy bites infused with rich, buttery garlic flavor.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 breadsticks
Calories: 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/8 cups warm water not boiling
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter melted and divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour all-purpose can be substituted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together warm water, sugar, salt, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter.
  • Sprinkle yeast over the water mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • Whisk foamy yeast into the water mixture.
  • Combine flour and salt, then add to the liquid ingredients.
  • Use the bread hook attachment on low speed, gradually increasing to high once flour is fully mixed.
  • Knead the dough in the mixer for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer dough to a large bowl coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size (60-90 minutes).
  • Punch down the dough and divide into twelve pieces (about 2 oz. each). Roll each piece into a rope the width of your thumb.
  • Place shaped breadsticks on parchment-lined baking sheets, 2-3 inches apart. Cover and let rise again for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake breadsticks for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • While baking, re-melt remaining butter if it has solidified.
  • Once out of the oven, brush breadsticks generously with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use lukewarm water; water that is too hot will kill the yeast.
  • Bread flour will result in a chewier, slightly heavier breadstick. While we prefer bread flour, all-purpose flour can be used as a substitute.
  • These breadsticks are wonderfully soft and fresh, with a bit of chewiness from the bread flour.
  • Instead of garlic powder, many people opt for garlic salt to sprinkle over the baked breadsticks. Garlic salt adds a significant flavor boost—it’s what Olive Garden uses for that perfect finish.
  • To enhance their flavor, generously apply butter and garlic salt—it’s what makes them so delicious!
  • Store breadsticks in an airtight container or ziplock bag on the countertop for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1405mg | Calcium: 10mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Calories: 221kcal | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 9g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 30g | Iron: 1mg

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