The Olive Garden’s Famous Breadsticks Recipe That Are So Addictive

Bread has to be the ultimate comfort food. Whether it’s gooey cinnamon rolls, bread pudding, french toast, garlic bread, King’s Hawaiian bread, or just plain bread, they’re all good. And then of course, there’s Olive Garden’s breadsticks. I am over-the-top excited about this homemade recipe that you can serve warm right out of your oven!

The infamous bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks that’s served before each meal is an anticipated event when visiting the Italian restaurant chain that’s known for their generous portions. Many understand this feeling once the bread arrives nice and warm, and how they seem to melt in your mouth – no butter necessary. It’s a true feel-good food.

This homemade dough recipe is similar to Olive Garden’s dairy-free recipe and scales it up to make your meal even more spectacular. You don’t have to wait to visit Olive Garden anymore to have these, and the delicious baked breadsticks will be a sure hit that will have your family asking for more!

Enjoy them with your soup, salad, an Italian dish, chili, or if you’re just having a really bad night. And like this student’s review, it’ll make your world a better place.

Don’t they look scrumptious?

No one ever, ever outgrows a good salad bar (or hot breadsticks, for that matter). It would be like outgrowing the need for a hug.” – The Guardian [on Olive Garden’s breadsticks]



  • 3 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup warm water
  • 1/2 Tbsp yeast
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/8 Cup shortening
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp salt


  1. In a medium to large bowl put 3 1/4 cups of flour. Make a well in the flour and add in the following order: Add in the warm water.
  2. Then sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Sprinkle the sugar over the yeast (that will help the yeast go down into the water). Add the salt over the sugar, then add the shortening.
  3. Mix together with a wooden spoon as good as you can. Then, you have to get in and work it with your hands.
  4. When all the flour is worked in, and the dough isn’t sticky, knead it for 5 minutes. (You may have to add a little more flour to make it a nice satiny dough that you can knead without it sticking to your hands, or the bowl).
  5. After kneading, shape dough into a ball and cover with a clean cloth and let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours (or until it doubles in size). The pictured size is for a larger portion recipe.


  6. After it has doubled in size, punch down in the center.
  7. Then divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  8. Once you get to the point of dividing up your bread into equal portions, use one (or both if you want) of the portioned dough and roll it out into a big rectangle.
  9. You want to have some thickness to your rectangle. Maybe just a tad thicker than pictured. Slice across the length you want with 1″ wide:
  10. Lay all breadsticks on parchment paper.
  11. Cover all bread with clean towels.
  12. Let rise for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  13. Preheat oven first to 350. Bake for 15 minutes or until they look slightly golden brown, like this.
  14. Remove from the oven and brush the melted butter over the breadsticks. Lightly sprinkle with garlic salt mixture or use Lawry’s, which seems to taste MOST like the olive garden type.
  15. Enjoy the unlimited goodness!!

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