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!

4.1 from 17 reviews
Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour, add more or less as needed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
Butter topping
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate yeast.
  2. Add flour, salt and melted butter to yeast mixture. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.
  3. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth in consistency. Do not overknead!
  4. 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.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Once oven has preheated, place the cookie sheet in oven and bake breadsticks for 6-7 minutes.
  7. While breadsticks are cooking, microwave ½ cup butter, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
  8. 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.
  9. After removing breadsticks from oven, immediately brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.
  10. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.

(recipe from: Full Bellies. Happy Kids.)

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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!

  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!

  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.

  79. Jeff


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

  80. Martin


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

  81. Marti

    How many breadsticks does this recipe yield?

  82. 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

  83. 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!