The Olive Garden Bread Sticks are one of the primary reasons someone goes to the Olive Garden. These buttery bread sticks can’t be beat, they go so well with their salad and soups. I know people that go there for just the breadsticks. Never fear, I will help you recreate these at home.
Who doesn’t love these? Everyone loves the Olive Garden bread sticks, hot and buttery these are so hard to resist. Here my version is a homemade bread stick recipe that is a little heartier than what you will get out in the restaurant. I have seen a lot recipes for these online, but I think the butter seasoning is missing a touch of oregano which gives these bread sticks a little something extra. If you have any left over of the buttery blend you need to use the remaining for when you take these out of the oven.
A couple of suggestions I would like to add to this recipe, first, if you have bread flour use it, the bread sticks will come out slightly better. If you don’t have bread flour, don’t worry about it, all purpose flour will be fine. I like to buy yeast in the bulk packages from large stores because you can save a lot of money doing this. I keep my yeast in an air tight container in the freezer to help lengthen it’s shelf life. If you don’t have a mixer or a food processor you can knead the dough by hand, it will work out fine. Often if I am having a stressful day I love to knead the bread stick dough by hand because it helps me to work out my frustrations.
Do these taste exactly like the Olive Garden Bread sticks, no, but they are pretty close. You will find that these have a much more dense structure, we aren’t cooking in a commercial kitchen. Also when you use real butter on the bread sticks you are upgrading their recipe. So you are going to get a familiar taste with a heavier more dense bread.
Love The Olive Garden recipes? Check out these Copy cat recipes:
Copycat Olive Garden Bread Sticks
- 1 1/2 cups water warm
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/8 teaspoon yeast or one package of active yeast
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 1/2 cups flour plus extra for the board
- 4 tablespoons melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon oregano
- Combine warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast in a large bowl of a mixer or a food processor. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt and process until the dough forms a nice uniform ball. Place dough in a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place. When the dough has doubled in size (this should take about an hour) place dough on a well-floured board and roll out the dough. Roll out dough into a large rectangle. Cut in half horizontally, and then cut vertical strips of dough about 1 1/2 inches thick.
- Roll the strips of dough into sticks. Place dough on a greased baking sheet, and allow them to rise until they have doubled in size (this should take about 45 minutes). You should get between 20 and 24 breadsticks from this recipe. Melt butter, and stir in Parmesan cheese and oregano.
- For best results rub the oregano between your fingers as you place it into the butter. This will help release the oils of the oregano and make it taste even better. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Just before baking breadsticks brush them with butter. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush any leftover butter topping on these just before serving.