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These homemade copycat Olive Garden breadsticks are soft, flavorful, delicious, and easy to make. Breadsticks dough can be made in the bread machine or in the stand mixer. Check out how to make soft breadsticks at home.
Garlic bread sticks in a wicker basket and marina sauce.

Breadsticks are a great addition to the dinner table, be it as a side, appetizer, or to eat with your favorite soup. If you are a fan of Olive Garden breadsticks and wondered if they could be made at home, then you will be pleased to know that it is really easy to make these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks at home.

I love to use my bread machine to make the dough for making soft breadsticks, however, you can also make dough in the standmixer and proof it in the instant pot.

These breadsticks are quick and easy to make at home with very few ingredients. They can be made ahead of time for meal planning and frozen. Any leftovers can be left out overnight and reheated the next day.

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Olive Garden breadsticks ingredients

To make these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks, you will need to make the dough with basic pantry ingredients - all-purpose flour, water, salt, sugar, olive oil, and yeast. I prefer to use the instant yeast while making the dough in the bread machine or in the stand mixer.

After baking the breadsticks, a mixture of butter, garlic powder, and salt is applied with a basting brush. You can easily make them vegan by using a vegan butter. I also add some oregano and thyme, or an Italian seasoning to the butter to add flavor and it is absolutely delicious.

Garlic bread sticks in a wicker basket and marina sauce.

How to make breadsticks dough in bread machine?

It is really easy to make dough for the breadsticks, especially in a bread machine. Place all the wet and dry ingredients in the bread machine pan and start the dough cycle. It will do the mixing, kneading, and get the dough through the first rise.

It is best to weigh the flour with a digital food scale for consistent results. Measuring the flour by cups can add more or less flour than required and make the dough wet or too dry. For more details you can check out my post on how to make dough in bread machine.

collage of 3 images to make dough in bread machine.

How to make homemade breadsticks?

Once the dough is ready and done through its first rise, knead it on a lightly floured surface for a few seconds and then roll it into a square of about 12 by 12 inches in size. It may not end up exactly a square and that is fine.

With the help of a pizza cutter, make 8 strips of equal length and then roll the pizza cutter at the center to divide the strips equally. Now you will have 16 strips to be rolled into breadsticks.

Lift every strip and pinch it along the length from the bottom side so that it sticks well. With the help of your palms, roll them on the surface to make an even breadstick. Also pinch the edges so they end up rounded after rising and baking.

rolling garlic bread sticks dough and making breadsticks.

Place all the breadsticks on a baking tray atleast an inch apart and allow them to rise in a warm place until they double in volume. This can take 1- 1.5 hours. Cover the breadsticks with another tray, or food wrap so that it does not try up.

If you want to speed up the process of rising, you can warm the oven for 5 minutes and then allow them to rise there for about 35-40 minutes. Once they are done through the second or final rise, bake them in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes at 350 °F until they are golden brown.

I have placed the rack at the middle level, however, baking time can vary by a few minutes depending on the oven and the level of the rack.

While the breadsticks are baking, make the topping by mixing melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and the Italian seasoning, or herbs. Apply it with a basting brush on hot breadsticks as soon as they are out of the oven.

collage of 4 images of breadsticks proofing and baking.

What to eat with breadsticks?

Breadsticks are a great addition to the dinner table and devoured by kids. They are best served with a bowl of hot soup like tomato soup, pasta soup, bean soup, or carrot soup. One of our family favorite is broccoli cheddar soup and it pairs really well with these flavorful garlic breadsticks.

These seasoned breadsticks can also be served as a starter or a side dish with some marinara sauce for dipping. Another great way to serve it is with a dipping

Should you refrigerate breadsticks?

Garlic breadsticks, or any bread must not be refrigerated as it loses its moisture and becomes dry. These copycat olive garden breadsticks can easily be left out overnight at room temperature. You can leave them covered with a kitchen towel.

When you want to serve them, you can simply warm them for a few seconds in the microwave and they will be perfect.

Can you freeze breadsticks?

Yes! Just like any bread, you can freeze any leftover copycat Olive Garden breadsticks. You can place parchment paper between the breadsticks while freezing so it is easy for you to take what you need. They can be frozen in a freezer safe container or in a ziploc bag.

When you re ready to eat the frozen breadsticks, simply take out how many you need and reheat the it in the microwave or in the air fryer.

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Garlic bread sticks in a wicker basket and marina sauce.

Bread Machine Breadsticks

These homemade copycat Olive Garden breadsticks are soft, flavorful, delicious, and easy to make. Breadsticks dough can be made in the bread machine or in the stand mixer. Check out how to make soft breadsticks at home.
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Course: Bread, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 16 count
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup Water microwave 30 seconds
  • 4 tbsp Oil

Dry ingredients

Topping ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Butter vegan butter can be used
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Thyme
  • ¼ tsp Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Instructions

Making dough

  • Add the wet and dry ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer.
  • Close the lid and start the "Dough" cycle.
  • Once "Dough" cycle completes, remove the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for a few seconds.

Shaping dough to make breadsticks

  • Roll the dough into about a 12 by 12 inch square.
  • Cut it into 16 strips using a pizza cutter.
  • Lift each strip and pinch it along the length from the bottom side and then roll with your palms into a smooth and even stick.
  • Arrange all the rolled dough sticks in a baking tray about an inch apart.

Second rise

  • Cover the tray with another tray or plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise.
  • After about 60 minutes the dough sticks will be double in volume and done through their second rise.

Baking the bread sticks in oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F with the rack at the middle level.
  • Bake the breadsticks (uncovered) in the preheated oven at 350 °F for about 15-18 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.

Apply topping

  • Melt the butter and mix the 'topping ingredients'*
  • Apply the topping mixture with the help of a basting brush.

Notes

 
Nutrition Facts
Bread Machine Breadsticks
Amount per Serving
Calories
153
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
6
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
202
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
35
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
70
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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