Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe

One of my favorite restaurants is Olive Garden . . . and my husband and I basically devour their breadsticks because they are so good! I came across this recipe and had to put it to the test to see if it really did match up with Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks.


1 1/3 cups of water
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened
4 cups of flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast (one packet)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably butter flavored)
Garlic salt for topping


1. In the mixing bowl of dough mixer, mix together 1 1/2 Tbsp softened butter, flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water and make smooth soft dough. (If you don’t have a dough mixer, simply mix ingredients together in a bowl using a large spoon. When dough becomes too hard to mix using that, pull out of pull and knead on a floured surface until dough is smooth. I kneaded mine for about 5 minutes and it turned out fine)

2. When dough is ready make elongated shape of bread sticks having 1 1/2” thickness and 5-6″ long.

3. Place these sticks on a greased baking sheet by keeping 2-4 cm distance in between sticks cover the pan and let them rise to double in size for 60-80 min (keep in a warm place for faster rising).

4. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

5. Brush breaksticks with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 18-20 min until they are barely lightly golden on top (don’t over-do it!). Serve warm breadsticks with marinara sauce for dipping.

*Final result: These are delicious breadsticks and are pretty close to Olive Garden, but I still love Olive Garden’s more. :) I cooked mine for about 3 minutes too long, so they were a little overdone for my taste. Next time I am going to pull them out a little earlier and see if that makes a difference. I am usually scared when it comes to making bread, but these were pretty quick to rise and made just the right amount that I felt comfortable making them . . . and if I can do it, anyone can!! They make a great side dish and I will for sure make them again.

Recipe adapted from Recipe Dose.

Here are more great bread/roll recipes:
Easy Homemade Rolls
Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
Butterscotch Banana Bread
3 Ingredient Banana Bread
Garlic Dinner Rolls

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  1. says

    I used to work at the OG and the breadsticks don’t have the melted butter and garlic salt on them before baking. We put it on once we pull the hot breadsticks out of the oven.. Makes a big difference.

    • Cyd says

      Here is the difference between the 2 yeasts –
      Active Dry Yeast
      This is probably what comes to mind when you think of yeast. It’s dry and granular, about the consistency of cornmeal. To use it, you dissolve a few teaspoons in warm water (110-degrees or cooler) and then add it to the rest of the ingredients. This yeast will behave ‘typically’ and will give your dough two rises.

      Instant Active Dry Yeast
      This is also known as “bread machine yeast.” This yeast is milled into finer particles and it does not need to be dissolved in water like active dry yeast does so you can add it along with the dry ingredients.

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