Recipe: Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

olive garden breadsticks recipe

I have always adored the breadsticks at Olive Garden – and with the help of my trusty bread machine, I’ve learned to make them quickly with just a few ingredients. There’s not a person in the family that doesn’t gobble them up – we especially love them with Chicken MarsalaLemon Pasta with Chicken or spaghetti (and we look for any possible excuse to make them). If there are leftovers, I cut them in half lengthwise and the kids eat “breadstick sandwiches” for lunch the next day (just like mini sub sandwiches).

My husband always insisted they were “better than Olive Garden breadsticks” and I thought he was being nice. But in the last year or two, I think he might be right – there’s just something about these when they’re homemade, soft and fresh from the oven that beats the restaurant variety. Try it for yourself and see!

If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t worry! Try this version from Finding Joy in My Kitchen that uses a stand mixer.

Some photos of the Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe for reference:

Cut dough into strips

Cut dough into strips

Use dough strips to make garlic knots

Use dough strips to make garlic knots or breadsticks

Love your bread machine? Don’t miss this Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread recipe – it’s our favorite!

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    CarrieL. says

    Ugg I don’t have a bread machine or a standing mixer. Seems like way to much work to do all the kneeding by hand.

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      Consider finding a bread machine by asking friends/family members if they’ll let you borrow theirs (many are collecting dust in storage nationwide!) or via Craigslist/thrift stores. You don’t have a spend a lot of money to get a decent bread machine.

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        lynn j says

        I got mine at an estate sale – last day everything was 75% off and it cost me $7.50
        Look on every week for local sales. This is one of my very favorite resourses!