Olive Garden Breadsticks – make your favorite Olive Garden breadsticks right in your own kitchen! These super soft, tender, buttery and garliky breadsticks will go with all your favorite soups, pastas and just about anything else.
We all know that I have a soft spot for carbs. I would eat pasta pretty much every day. And this Tuscan Chicken Pasta is pretty much my go to. And what goes best with pasta? More carbs! These soft breadsticks are heavenly and perfect with that bowl of pasta or soup.
I love Olive Garden Breadsticks and pretty much always have. I used to pick to go there when I was a kid any time I got the chance. There are a few other copycat recipes on the blog from there already, like this Chicken Gnocchi Soup. And we all know you can’t have soup without bread, so here we are!
There is just something about the smell of fresh bread baking in the house, and these homemade breadsticks are no different. Plus, they are easier to make then you probably think. Yes, there is yeast involved. But no, you don’t need to be afraid of it!
A lot of people are afraid of yeast, but they don’t have to be. Below are a few simple tips to help you tackle your fears. It really is about following the directions and understanding just a couple things. Then you will be baking all the fresh bread, and my all time favorite Rosemary Focaccia in no time!
Tips For Baking With Yeast
- Don’t kill the yeast. Most recipes will tell you a temperature that the water should be. Follow it. Too hot and it will kill the yeast and your bread won’t rise. Not hot enough and your yeast won’t activate. So use a thermometer and use what the recipe says.
- Yeast feeds on sugar, so leave it in! Often times people will try to cut down on the sugar in a recipe or think it is unnecessary in a bread. But that is what makes the yeast grow, so leave it in there.
- Yeast needs a warm place to grow and do its thing. Around 80 degrees is ideal. So if your house is cold you can heat your oven to 100 degrees, then turn it off and let the bread rise in there. This will stay warm enough to let the dough rise.
- Store your yeast in a cold place. The fridge or even freezer is best, it will last longer and be fresh when you need to use it.
- There are 2 kinds of yeast; active dry yeast and rapid rise yeast. Different ones are called for in different recipes and they are not interchangeable. So just use what the recipe calls for and you should be fine!
- Pay attention to the time. When a recipe says knead for 5 minutes, you actually need to knead for 5 minutes. But you can use your stand mixer and let it do the kneading for you!
This Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe is going to be perfect with all of your soups this winter. You can even make my Olive Garden Minestrone soup and pretend you are there. No need to leave the house, you can enjoy your favorites at home!
Homemade breadsticks are a little work, but they are so light and fluffy it is definitely worth it. The butter and garlic brushed on the top take them to a whole new level you are not going to want to stop eating them!
Want Even More Copycat Recipes
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- Pasta Milano – from Macaroni Grill
- Red Lobster Tartar Sauce – so good with fish
For the breadsticks
- 1 1/2 cups warm water, (110 degrees)
- 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast, (1 package)
- 2 Tbls sugar
- 4 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbls salt
- 2 Tbls melted butter
For the topping
- 1/4 cup butter, , melted
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- In a small bowl combine the sugar, yeast and warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and butter. Mix until it starts to come together in a ball. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Form the dough into a square on your counter. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll into a bread stick.
- Place on a lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake bread sticks for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Mix together the butter and garlic salt. Brush over the cooked bread sticks.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving
Adapted from You Made That
Serving Size12 Servings
Amount Per ServingCalories 232 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 15mg Sodium 229mg Carbohydrates 36g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 6g