Olive Garden Breadsticks

In yesterday’s post, I showed you how to make Seafood Alfredo straight out of Olive Garden, but WAY better.  I talked about how the Alfredo sauce for the recipe made a little bit more than what the pasta dish needed because I liked to make extra for breadsticks.  I just LOVE the Olive Garden breadsticks dipped in the Alfredo sauce.  My mama got me to eat my breadsticks turned upside down, that way that buttery spicy topping hits your tongue first.  And you know, Mama is always right.  :)

Some of you might even be more excited about the breadstick recipe than you are about the Alfredo.  I understand.  Those breadsticks are good!

Here we go – my copycat version of Olive Garden breadsticks.  You must try them now.  You do not need to live another day without these in your mouth.  

Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks

*Makes between 12-16 breadsticks, depending how thin you roll them.  Unless you’re like me and my first time making them.  I ended up with 10 Olive Garden hoagies

**I make mine in my breadmaker because – well, I love my breadmaker.  You can make it the traditional way by following the first 3 steps here, then rolling them out into breadstick shapes, and letting rise for 45 mins before baking.


For the Breadstick Dough:
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast OR 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 4 1/4 bread flour (use all purpose if it’s not available)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the topping:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt


In your bread machine, add all the ingredients as instructed by your bread machine manufacturer.  Usually its the liquids first, followed by seasonings, then flour – and very last you make a well in the flour and add the yeast.

Set your bread machine on the ‘dough cycle’.

When the dough is done, pull of pieces of dough and roll into strips.  Remember, they will get bigger after they have risen, so roll them out thinner than a typical breadstick to give room for them to grow.  Place on a greased baking sheet.  Set in a warm, draft-free area & let rise 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.

While the breadsticks are baking, combine the topping ingredients.  As soon as the breadsticks come out of the oven, brush the topping all over the breadsticks – saturating them with the yummy buttery concoction.  Let cool for a couple of minutes before serving.


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  • Dezarae

    I don’t have a bread machine, Can you give me instructions for those of us without one?

    • Christina

      In case you haven’t found out yet, scroll back up, and click on the red “here” (just found it myself, LOL)…that will take you to another page that gives instructions on making it without a breadmaker

  • Brandi

    Could you explain the amount of the bread flour? I assumed that it meant 4 and 1/2 cups and that’s what I used. They did not turn out good so I am obviously thinking that that was not the right amout….

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      4 1/4 cups is the 4 cups plus 1 quarter of a cup – you used 1/4 cup too much.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Yes, you used 1/4 cup more flour than you needed. The recipe calls for 4 and 1/4 cup. 1/4 cup is half of 1/2 of a cup.

  • LaNae

    Doubled the recipe for my family and guests! We loved them! So many compliments! I love Olive Garden breadsticks and these tasted very similar!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m so glad that you liked them!!

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  • Brooke R

    Just made these for the fam…they were a hit! They did come out more like hoagies, so I know to make them skinnier next time. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  • Josh

    It would be great to be able to freeze these for quick week night meals. Any advice on freezing? I heard something once about cooking at a low temperature for a longer time then cooling and freezing; however, I’m not sure. Any advice?

    • Kaylee

      I have frozen breadsticks a lot and you just pull them out of the oven (bake normally), cool, then put them in a Ziploc bag. Before serving, thaw and pop in the oven to warm. Then brush on the topping. :)

  • Kaylee

    Just made these and they turned out A-MAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  • Sabrina

    Just finished making the dough with my bread machine. Was unsure if they were supposed to be a dry kind of dough? I guess we’ll find out if I made them right!!!

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  • Brooke

    Made these again tonight, but made the alfredo sauce to go along with them. My stomach hurts I ate so much of it! So good!

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      I’m sorry your stomach hurts because you overate (happens to me ALL the time haha) but so glad you loved them both!! :)

  • Chaz

    I used to work at OG and they use store bought bread sticks then just brush on melted butter with garlic powder on top. That’s it!! They put them in an oven to brown up and get warm but they were otherwise precooked and easy to do!

    • Mia

      Chaz, do you know what brand of breadsticks Olive Garden uses?

      • Sarah Gatewood

        Flowers Bakery. We have one here of the outlet stores and they sell them and the Outback bread.

        • tina

          Actually Galasso’s bakery makes the breadsticks.

  • stacey

    a printer friendly version would be nice…

  • paula

    these were delicious just made them….I wish there was a trick to making them perfectly even

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  • Sheryl

    I’ve been looking for a recipe for awhile to mimic OG’s breadsticks. This is as close as you can get! Really really tasty!

  • Raven

    Made this with whole wheat flour. Very yummy, just add a tablespoon or two more of liquid to ensure it’s still soft.

  • Chloe

    I made these and they were fantastic! My only question is what is the green spice topping seen in the pictures that’s not listed in the ingredients? If anyone could let me know that’d be great.

    • http://MrsHappyHomemaker.com/ Crystal

      Oh, that’s a garlic powder sprinkle I buy from Savory Spice Shop – it’s called Garlic Tableside Sprinkle. It’s basically garlic powder with little bits of dried herbs.

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  • Carrie

    Is 1.5 1/2 cups of water as the dough came out of my bread maker really dry

  • jamie

    these were great! my husband said he liked them better than Olive Gardens! instead of letting them raise for 45 mins I shaped them and put them in the oven at warm/170 for about 12 mins and then turned up the heat to 400 and cooked them as directed.

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  • J-Nine

    I have a bread machine question. When you use the dough cycle, do you allow it run through the whole cycle and is that one rise or 2?? I have a cuisinart and I don’t understand all the beeps… I’ve only had a couple of months, I’m loving it but it confuses me about the cycles…

    • http://mrshappyhomemaker.com/ Mrs Happy Homemaker

      I’m not sure about the settings on your particular bread unit, but there should be a dough setting on your bread machine – and you’d select that & let it run until it’s done.

  • Rae

    I cam across your recipe yesterday and decide I was going to make them today to take to my life group. These breadsticks are amazing!!! They really do taste like Olive Garden’s! Thanks so much for sharing! They are truly delicious!!

  • Au Naturel Mel

    Mmm. I wonder if these can be made gluten-free? Mel at mothersheeporganics

  • Danielle

    Just made these for dinner and they are amazing. I used my bread too. I think on mine the inside was similar to olive garden but to me overall mine tasted like crazy bread from little ceasers which we didn’t mind cause we love them. Thanks for sharing your receipe!!

  • Shelbs

    Made these they turned out amazing! Merci !!!

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