Olive Garden Breadsticks

We LOVE bread in my home! When I saw this recipe for Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks over at Full Bellies. Happy Kids, I definitely had to give them a try.  These breadsticks are so good, and pretty easy to make!  They would make a GREAT side dish to your meal!

Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks

An easy and delicious side dish to almost any meal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Dough rise time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 229kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour add more or less as needed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon salt

Butter Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate yeast.
  • Add flour, salt and melted butter to yeast mixture. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.
  • Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth in consistency. Do not overknead!
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Cover the dough with a light towel and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour to allow dough to rest and rise.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Once oven has preheated, place the cookie sheet in oven and bake breadsticks for 6-7 minutes.
  • While breadsticks are cooking, microwave 1/2 cup butter, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • After bread sticks have cooked for 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake for 5-8 more minutes.
  • After removing breadsticks from oven, immediately brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. Kristy


      These breadsticks are super simple to make and soooooooo delicious!!! Even in my higher altitude, they come out perfect every time.

  1. Nicola

    These bread sticks look so yummy and don't require too much work! I'll definitely give them a go next time I'm craving home-baked bread.

  2. Alice

    Yum! I have a similar recipe and these breadsticks are so good!

  3. Kristen Turner

    We just had Olive Garden's breadsticks today! Pinning this recipe, thanks!

  4. Emily

    I was just going to make another bread for dinner tonight... but I am going to change to these to go with our soup!! Thanks for sharing. and I pinned it.

  5. Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I have to make these! My Husband loves Olive Garden Breadsticks. I think they taste like hot dog rolls, but I am betting yours taste awesome. I think I'll make these today or tomorrow!! Great recipe!

  6. Anonymous

    Does anyone know how to replicate Olive Garden Soup recipes?

    1. Melissa

      I have one close to their potatoe, sausage and kale.

    2. Athena

      They have many of their Recipes on their website for their soups. Also Google searching Olive garden soup recipes may get you a few.

  7. Anonymous

    Can these be made ahead and kept in the freezer?

    1. Lori FARMER

      Yes! Just don't butter them at the half way point. Take them out before they brown.
      Warm in 375 oven wrapped in foil for 6 to 8 minutes

  8. Lorena

    I've been craving breadsticks for the past few days and once i saw your picture, there was no holding me back! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Willow and Emily


      My friend and I have been craving breadsticks for the past few years (since our olive garden closed). we rated it a 4 because we're excited.

  9. Sugarr2518

    These look so good! Breadsticks are my fav especially with marina sauce:)

  10. Nina

    These look amazing! Your picture looks straight out of a magazine! I am going to make these for Sunday dinner!

  11. Terry

    That's my go-to recipe, too! I cut it half and make mine smaller, though - we just don't need that many breadsticks.

  12. aarond

    I am loving all these recipes. I can't wait to try some of them. I hope you will stop by and join my NEW blog all about farm life, decorating, cooking, and much more.

  13. mividaenundulce

    Looks easy to bake, I love breadsticks, when I used to travel to the US I always stop in Olive Garden...I miss the flavors...this should be a must to bake for me.

  14. aliciagoesrawr

    i have one recipe for one of their soups. if you send me your email i can email you it. it's my favorite soup.

  15. Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom

    I never would have thought to make those at home, but those look exactly the same as Olive Garden. Definitely going to have to give these a try.

  16. Kellydabunny

    Just made them. They came out PERFECT. Absolutely delicious!

    1. Tali

      Does anyone know what the yield is? planning on making them for dinner tonight, thanks!

  17. Rhetorical Randi

    I made these the other night and AMAZING! My fiance and I were in Heaven eating them :) The only problem? It was a big batch for just the 2 of us. So, in an effort not to waste such deliciousness, I made pizza sticks the next night for dinner.... just topped the leftover breadsticks with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni, heated in the oven, and served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. Yum! (Posted about it on my blog with a link to your wonderful recipe!)

  18. dvanshaar

    Everyone in my family loves the breaksticks at Olive Garden. Thanks for sharing the recipe so my pocketbook can stay a little fatter.

    1. Rosa


  19. Anonymous

    big Fail on these for me- I swear I followed the directions, but the dough came out flaky, rather than "smooth", and dry. What did I do wrong?

    1. Rachael

      Happy to know I'm not the only one! The bread didn't come out fluffy at all

  20. Mama Jodi

    We love bread too. Just pinned this. Thanks! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

  21. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!! --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  22. blkenigma888

    I have the chicken and gnocchi soup recipe that tastes pretty darn close. It's herehttp://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2012/01/chicken-and-gnocchi-soup.html

  23. Anonymous

    These were delicious! This recipe definitely makes closer to 12 sticks. I don't mess much with bread so I wasn't really sure what I was doing. :) I got 10 sticks and they were HUGE. I made them for a dinner party, good thing my friends understand how untalented I am in the kitchen. I froze one stick to see if I can make this ahead of time and freeze them to bake when needed. I'll update when I get around to trying it out. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  24. Anonymous

    I have tried this recipe twice and for some reason neither time did they turn out....never really rose like they should have and I used extra care to be sure hte water was right temp for yeast....prob won't try again!!

  25. Anonymous

    These breadsticks are delicious the butter is what makes it taste like olive garden the bread is very good. make sure to make the breadsticks very skinny as the double in size i made the mistake of making them the actual size and they were huge!!!

  26. Anonymous

    This recipe did NOT turn out for me! :( the dough was tough and crumbly not smooth but I decided to keep going...they did not rise either! Total waste! :( not sure what happened??

  27. Kalli

    How long should they bake the first time

  28. daniela

    I really want to make this recipe I just have one question! Can anyone tell me how much is 1 packet of yeast in grams or tablespoons please? thanks!!

    1. BeckyW

      1 packet of yeast is equal to 2 1/4 teaspoons. Hope this helps! :)

  29. Corine

    I made these this last weekend. They were amazing and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Amanda Russ

    These look totally delicious! I just started my own blog and I found yours via pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Jeni Kae

    Made these to go with baked spaghetti tonight and they were so delicious! Shared on my pinterest :)

  32. Paul Hutsell

    Then buy some "Que Bueno" dipping cheese (by Carnation) and you are in for a little bit of Heaven!!

  33. abi

    I loved this recipe! Thank you! I only changed it a little and used 3 1/4 cups of flour instead of 4 1/4 because the first batch that I made were a little more dense than what I wanted. Thanks for the tip in proofing the yeast! So good! :)

  34. abi

    p.s.- a tip to those who had difficulties with this recipe- make sure you are using ultra fresh yeast. It can make it or break it- if they didn't rise, it's most likely an issue with your yeast, or how you proofed it! And again, I used less flour and they turned out light and fluffy!

  35. Tabby Powell

    I am making these right now, its so easy! Thanks for posting :)

  36. Matt

    How many does this make?

  37. Diane Cox

    Fantastic recipe! YUMMY!

  38. Mel

    i followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out absolutely perfect, thank you so much for this recipe.

  39. Emily

    I do have to say I made these tonight with wheat yeast, and they taste JUST like the Olive Garden's breadsticks!!! I will definitely save this recipe for family meals in the future! :) Thanks for sharing!

  40. Rosa

    WOW!!! I just made these and they turned out SO amazingly delicious! When I made them though, I only got like 25 but I didn't divide the recipe on half.. But i love these, and am definitely going to make them again!!!!!

  41. Sherri

    I made your recipe. and it turned out great! However, being a long time baker, I realize the tablespoon of salt would have made the bread too salty....I used 1 teaspoon in the bread and it was perfect. I also used bread flour instead of the all-purpose flour. My kids are glad I found this recipe! Thx

    1. anonypuss

      omg i cant wait to shove these phallic breadsticks in my mouth he he thanks for the recipe ;) xoxoxo love mmmm

  42. Kayte

    Just made these. I wish I would have read the comments before hand! Way too much flour, they came out dense and did not rise. I will still put them in the oven and see what happens. Hehe. Wish I would not of wasted my organic flour. Oh well!

  43. Emily

    Just made these tonight. They turned out really, really dense. Like a soft pretzel, only more dense. But the flavor was wonderful, and the whole family ate them joyfully.
    I'm thinking I did one of 2 things wrong: I either added too much flour (the whole 4 1/4 c. seemed like too much as I was trying to stir it), or I stirred/kneaded it too much.
    I also think there is too much salt in the dough. I think a teaspoon would have been enough. Once you put the butter mixture (with garlic and salt) on top of the bread-sticks, it would be just the right saltiness.
    I will be trying this recipe again for sure.

  44. Ann

    Anybody try and freeze these? I made them and they were AWESOME, and I would like to make them more often or only make a couple at a time, so i was wondering if anyone had any luck freezing them? Before or After you baked them?

  45. Cooker11

    I really think somewhere it should say how much this recipe yields and how to divide the dough into breadsticks, like other recipes of the same sort do. Divide it into 12 bunches and roll into stips, 9?, 15?. Good info to have. Thanks.

  46. Will

    "Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!"

    This is actually not great advice, if you're kneading by hand it's almost impossible to overknead dough, and you'll probably want to knead it for more than a few minutes or else it won't rise as well as it should and they'll easily deflate when jostled around.

    1. Kat

      I completely agree. It is very hard to overknead dough. Most of the time, the problems people attribute to overkneading are really due to overflouring. I never add all the flour at once, I always keep some out to add in only if I need. My standard kneading time for roll/breadstick dough is 5 minutes in a machine (like my kitchenaid), probably closer to 7-8 by hand.

  47. Jennay

    This recipe turned out really well for me! Thanks so much for sharing with us! I shared this on my blog today linking to your recipe. Absolutely delicious!

  48. Jamie

    Found these on Pinterest, and just made them. Here's my suggestions:

    Only use a teaspoon of the salt. With the salt in the butter mixture, these have plenty.

    Add the flour gradually, and you'll learn that you probably need a cup less flour than called for. I added two cups, and then added about half a cup at a time until the dough was able to be handled. Then, I kneaded it by hand and just added flour to the board as I went until the dough was smooth and no longer sticking to my hands or the board. Probably about 3 and a half cups.

    I added a pinch or so of oregano to the butter mixture.

    I cut the dough into twelve pieced, and put six breadsticks on each cookie sheet. These ended up being pretty big breadsticks (but then, I guess Olive Garden's are big too), so next time I might make 16 instead of twelve. Don't forget to make the breadsticks SKINNY because they will expand.

    Overall, yummy recipe!

  49. Camille

    Is the dough supposed to be really wet?

  50. kelli

    Olive Garden doesn't make the bread sticks. They arrive buy the boxes and are heated then buttered and salted with garlic mix. I know because I use to work for this horrible company (Darden).

  51. Ashley

    I made these tonight came out great and I have never made bread before wondering if the recipe could be used as pizza dough?

  52. Margie

    Has anyone tried freezing these then reheating them? If so, what did you do and how did it work?

    Thank you in advance!

  53. Katie

    The recipe is way too much flour... They came out so dense. I tried a second batch and forgot the butter.. Oops today is Not my day lol

  54. katie

    I have made these a few times now, and they are so good. Just a couple notes for people who found them dry and dense. First is the flour. I have never needed near 4 1/4 cups. When I made them today I only used 3 cups and they were perfect. Start with two cups, then slowly add more until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl and is smooth and slightly tacky, but not overly sticky. Secondly, I knead it for 5-7 minutes. Kneading is very important for the gluten to develop and make the dough tender. It is very difficult to over-knead dough, but on the other hand, you cannot make up for under-kneading it. I also only added 2 tsp. salt to the dough and halved the salt and garlic powder in the brushing butter, but that is just for personal preference. I'm happy to have this recipe though, since Olive Garden breadsticks are my favorites.

  55. anonymous

    These look better then Olive Gardens. They get there breadsticks in pre made and reheat them and slap butter and garlic salt on them. You'd be better trying to cook at home. At least you know what is in your food and not a bunch of stuff pre made and reheated.

  56. Laura

    I didn't see where it says how many this recipie makes?

  57. Shaireen Ahmed

    How many tablespoons is one packet of yeast.? Also can I use instant yeast instead?

  58. Ashley

    The breadsticks are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm making some for lunch. :-)

  59. Jessica

    These were unbelievable! I used quick rise yeast with a shorter rise time and added a fresh sprig of parsley chopped up in the garlic butter. Saving this recipe!!

  60. Todd Brock

    No! 3 1/2 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups water and the dough was a runny mess!

  61. Donika@momwhats4dinner

    These bread sticks have become a family favourite. I even made them for a few potlucks and it's always the first thing to disappear! :)

  62. dd

    A Tablespoon of salt sounds like a lot!

  63. Pattie


    These breadsticks are so delicious! I made them for Valentine's Day for Hubby! Thanks for sharing!

  64. Lori FARMER


    This is my go to recipe! It is one of the dishes people remember me for!

  65. Charlotte

    My family and I had the garlic breads from Olive's Garden. This one looks great and delicious like in the OG. I'm wondering if I could freeze some of the dough because I don't want to bake all of them.

  66. Casey


    I tried to make these and they came out nothing like the pic. I couldnt get the dough after I rolled it to not spring back and they where small. Has anyone had this problem and what would be the solution.



    Thanks so much my brother and Mom and Dad love them and it tasted just like Olive Garden best breadsticks recipe ever!!!!!!!

  68. Daisy


    Delicious. I did lower the salt as others suggested to 1 tsp. And i ran out of regular flour so i used about a cup of wheat flour in addition to the regular flour. It went great with the zuppa tuscana? I made.

  69. Stephanie Eborn


    Just made these today for the first time and they were so easy and soooo yummy!!!! My husband (who has a certificate in culinary arts) thinks they are BETTER than Olive Garden!!!

  70. Kristina


    I've made this recipe a few times and they turn out perfect!!! Tonight I decided to be lazy and made bread in a round casserole dish. Thank you for sharing your recipe! ?

  71. Anonymous


    I used 3 1/2 cups flour, as the recipe called for, and I had to add more! After adding the extra cup the dough was still a runny mess. Finally gave up and used my tried and true recipe from my mom. Waste of yeast, flour, and butter!!

  72. Lynne


    Now I don't have to shove breadsticks into my purse.

  73. Kathleen


    made these tonight...my kids said they were even BETTER than the O.G. version!

  74. Ashley


    I made these with soup and a salad for dinner tonight and let me tell you, they came out wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly and they were slightly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Will make again!

  75. Ranae

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I ran out of unbleached flour so I'm trying it with half wheat flour; won't be as soft but they smell great baking!

  76. Rebecca Alexander


    I've made a lot and I mean a lot of homemade bread sticks my family loves then, most are kinda heavy no matter what you do, but these are just awesome by youngest grandchild ate 3 herself. These are just the easiest and best I've ever baked. U will be making again today.thank you

  77. Kathy

    How many breadsticks does it make?

  78. Sarah

    Question. Is it really 1 tbsp salt or there is typo error? I tried the recipe but didn't follow the 1 tbsp salt because I thought it seems like a lot. Thanks for answering the question.

    1. Joy


      I love Olive Garden breadsticks but they are too salty for me due to my high blood pressure. A tablespoon of salt is a lot of sodium! So just cut the salt down to your liking. The recipe came out perfect minus the salt and I will be making this recipe again.

  79. Tim H.


    Yo nikki thanks for pointing me to this recipe! My wife bugs me to make these all the time now. There's only two of us but we will eat the whole recipe in one day. we're a couple of fatties

  80. Jeff


    Flour-to-water ratio way off, dough extremely wet. Required 4.5 cups flour.

  81. Martin


    Amazing, I would hold back on the salt a'lil next time. But otherwise incredible!

  82. Marti

    How many breadsticks does this recipe yield?

  83. Benay the Kitchen Bitch


    I made these for an Italian themed birthday party on Saturday and they were absolutely delicious. I make homemade bread from lots and lots of different recipes and you really nailed this one. I quadrupled the recipe but I only baked them for about 8 or 9 minutes until they were very lightly golden and similar to the picture - I didn't bake them any further. I was heavy on the butter and garlic and OMG!!!!! After that I put them in the freezer and took them out the day of the party. I lined a pan of foil on a cookie sheet and placed as many bread sticks that would fit on the pan then layered another sheet of foil, and added more bread sticks having a couple of layers on the pan (I was feed lots of people). Then I covered it foil and placed in a 350 degree oven for around 15 minutes then placed in a big bread basket. Those bread sticks stayed so unbelievably soft. I placed the leftovers in a Ziplock and they were still soft the next day. I will make those again and again and again, and I'm sorry I'm rambling on, but I can't say enough how wonderful they were. Thank you for the recipe. One thing to note: I think there might have been an error in the amount of salt. I used 1 teaspoon per recipe.

  84. Alexandria Thompson


    The butter topping makes them way too salty. They didn't brown how I expected them too either. Not worth it.

  85. Gordon

    I make this recipe all the time and my family loves it

  86. Crissy


    Yummy! These came out super fluffy and rose perfectly! I only added 2 tsp of salt and next time I will halve the amount in the butter topping! I don't understand how people mess this up, it's such an easy recipe. When I see a comment saying they didn't rise but the water was not too hot, it's probably because the water was not hot enough. Get a thermometer! Really great recipe! Thanks!

  87. Letty


    This bread sticks are the best! I made them with 100% wheat flour 2 cups and 1 cup bread flour. I Let them rest in warm area until doble in size and they came out very soft not dense at all. Thanks for recipe! Very good recipe!!

  88. Darcy Nelson

    Made a test batch of bread sticks. I ended up with 18 bread sticks. They were gone in ten minutes. My family loved them so much, I turned around and made a double batch. We had a Italian night for dinner. This recipe is so easy and very yummy.

  89. Gail M Motzkus


    Made these this morning, the dough is not the light and fluffy bread sticks like Olive Garden but they are pretty good.

  90. Tera

    Does anyone know how many breads sticks this recipe makes?

  91. Kendra

    What is the yield of this recipe?

  92. jen


    I tried this they didn't work at all. There are a lot of better recipes out there keep looking. They were flat and tasted horrible nothing like olive garden

  93. Chris Ray

    I tried this recipe and ended up with a pasty sticky mess, that couldn't be pulled apart. What did I do wrong?

  94. Geri

    How many does this recipe make?

  95. Lynn Jepson

    just made these. I'm in LOVE. Tender, flavorful, easy to make.
    The ONLY critique I would make is this.....you say tear off pieces and roll into strips....but because I couldn't tell how many this would make, estimated and got more like mini loaves.....maybe designating a size, like 1 oz or 2 oz pieces, would have eliminated this.
    Also, here in NH, it is below zero temp, super low humidity, and I ended up adding 3/4 cup more flour. That's a lot.
    Will definitely be making this again! Thanks for sharing.

  96. Sean Kurz

    Frankenstein arose more after being shocked by a lightening bolt then this dough did. The amount of garlic powder wasted for the butter topping could of had Dracula expatriated from Transylvania. You get 1 star for me being hungry enough to attempt this recipe.

  97. D.M.

    Love this recipe. Decreased the salt in the bread by 1/2 and used ever so slightly more than 3 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour. Used the dough hook and kneaded dough as usual. (Otherwise, made as written.) Was sceptical about not having an initial rise before shaping, but the end product was perfect. I cut the dough into 16 piece of approx. 50 to 55 grams each and rolled to approx. 9 inches in length. Will definitely make these again as they were very quick, easy and very delicious.

  98. Seth Stewart


    Mine never come out brown is there something I'm doing wrong or could change there either white and doughy or burnt and hard even with only changing 2 minutes in the oven

  99. Lee

    Don't you have to let the dough rise once before you roll into sticks and then allow to rise again on the baking sheet?

  100. Brandy

    Hello.. You have a Tablespoon of salt .. just made it and it is way way way too salty.. should that have read a teaspoon?? I know this post is old.. hoping you answer. Thanks so much

  101. Sarah


    These turned out amazing. Texture was great, nice and fluffy. A little too much salt in the dough for me though. Will make them again and adjust slightly. Amazing recipe!

  102. Ang.

    Perfect. They were so good - a big hit!! When I make them next time I may cut back on the salt a touch, but really, they were fabulous. Piece of cake to make!

  103. Mike

    Very good ! Wife said they are better than Olive Garden, for me kind of a tie.
    My only mistake was that I made them a little thick, will make thinner next time.
    As a bread lover, I was OK with the size, they just didn't have "the look" ;)

  104. Mark

    How many breadsticks does this recipe make? Thank you.

  105. John Mason


    These were amazing!! Thank you so much for this recipe!! The only change I made was added a little more flour, I do not use measuring cups for flour or water, I go by weight. I used 20 ounces of flour and 12 ounces water and followed the rest of the recipe as you set out.


    How big should each dough ball be before rising.

  107. Lanelle

    I only have salted butter so how much salt should I add?

  108. Chantel


    Delicious very close to the "real" thing Olive Garden.

  109. Steven


    Seems to be ok. But a dimension of what the raw breadstick should would be nice. Also for the kids who want to make these, it helps to say how much yeast rather than one packet because not everyone gets the string of yeast packets.

  110. Rosanne Sablan


    Just made these breadsticks last night to go along with my spaghetti and the family LOVED them! Thanks for sharing the recipe for others to enjoy!

  111. Janice

    can you make these the night before you want to cook them



    Super easy to make, minimal ingredients, less time, and a delicious recipe

  113. John


    Great easy to prepare. Thank you.

  114. Johannes


    soooooooo good

  115. Anon


    I’m not sure what I did wrong, but my dough came out sticky, even after kneading and adding more flour? I couldn’t pull pieces off to roll into stick, so I just made it as a loaf 😂 it was ok

  116. Kelli

    I'm considering making these for a family reunion next month. How many breadsticks does this recipe yield?

    Thank you,


    1. Chef in Training

      it yields about 12 breadsticks. Give or take depending on your size preference.

    2. Kelli

      Thank you!!