The Olive Garden Bread Sticks

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.

buttery bread sticks from the olive garden

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:

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive Garden Bread Sticks

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  • Recipe Type: Breads
  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Olive Garden Bread Sticks

Now you can make the Olive Garden breadsticks at home. Now any meal can be complete with these buttery and garlic flavored bread.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast or one package instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour + extra flour for dusting board
  • Buttery topping
  • 4 tablespoons butter 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 non stick spray. Cover bowl with a towel and allow to raise 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 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 bread sticks 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 bread sticks brush them with butter. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush any left over butter topping on these just before serving.

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  • Saidi

    I just made these last night, my VERY picky son loved them and could barely wait for the second batch to finish! I will definitely be making them again. We chose to add more garlic powder on top-the amount in the recipe was sufficient but I love garlic. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • Stephanie Manley

      I think one of the most rewarding things is when your family loves what you cook. Sometimes its hard not to feel discouraged when folks are a bit picky.

  • T

    If i wanted to freeze these would i freeze them before or after i have baked them? Thanks

  • Kristal Warnick Fernandez

    Dang. The dough is rising but it doesn’t say anywhere in the recipe when to add the salt so I left it out. I should have put it in with the dry ingredients. Is there a time where I can add it later? Or do I need to start over? Thank you!

  • Sarah Hameed

    Hi, can this recipe be halved?

  • brenda

    thanks for sharing.. will try your recipes.

  • Kartik

    Hi That really looks yummm :) Can I do it using Microwave ?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t think you can bake bread in a microwave. I would not try or recommend this.

  • Jiji

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve never really made bread before and I’m excited to try it out your recipe. I have a question about the instructions written up top vs. the video. In step one, you’ve written “Combine warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast in a large bowl…”, yet in the video you added only the water, sugar and yeast. The oil did not come into play until after the flour was incorporated. My question: does it matter what order the ingredients are added? Thank you.

    • Stephanie Manley

      It order that you add the ingredients isn’t super critical. Either way will work.

  • rachel

    I made these tonight using gluten free flour (Cup4Cup). Because gluten free flour acts differently than wheat flour, I shaped them right after mixing, let them rise for 30 minutes, then brushed with butter and baked them. They came out great. :)

  • kiki

    I am making these atm and there is an instruction difference between video and the written. At the end, do you brush the butter mix right away after rolling them or do we wait until sticks double in size? Does it matter?

  • Mr. G

    I know it’s a no brainner, but in the instructions above, adding the garlic powder is not listed.
    I just made this recipe and oh my gosh! everyone at my home just loved them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Art Montesa

    Hi Stefanie,
    As I go over your recipe, my mind’s tongue is tasting the breadsticks and it tells me that this recipe will be great! Thank you so much.
    Art Montesa

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much!

  • Guest0023159

    I tried my hand at these tonight and they came out perfectly! Paired nicely with my Chicken Alfredo :)

    • stephaniemanley

      So glad you hear that these worked well for you. I hope you get toe try more recipes soon.

  • Bebop

    HI I am making these today to watch with the Brazil/Mexico WC match tonight. I have replaced the garlic and parmesan powder with real garlic and parmesan and fresh oregano so here’s hoping

  • J

    JUST FYI… Olive Garden bread sticks can be purchased at a Flowers Foods thrift store. Here in NC they are made and distributed by Flowers Baking company. They come 16 to a pack and are half baked like a brown and serve roll. Just butter season and bake.. delicious!!

  • kidsmom

    Olive Garden does not make their breadsticks from scratch. All they do is all is brush them with butter and shake on garlic salt.

    • stephaniemanley

      You are correct. I hope you don’t mind this version. Thank you for stopping by.

  • l a k

    I use to work at Olive Garden and that was my job, the bread sticks are the brown and serve then we would brush melted butter then sprinkle garlic salt

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you.

      • francesca

        Young lady your are the best,, I’ve been doing your recipe for the last 2 days,. Oh my God me and my family just fell in love with you & your recipes on YouTube, it feels like i I’m the chef at Olive Garden you are so wonderful you are fantastic, awesome I have a hole lot of words, I could say but thank you, for sharing with us,, Your # 1::::
        PS. My daughter first baby shower is going to be awesome thanks to your recipes. :)

        • Stephanie Manley

          Oh wow. Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you have enjoyed many new meals with your family. I am happy to help out!

  • Collin Averill

    A suggestion for another recipe is the apple butter from cracker barrel. I love it and have always wanted to make it but I would have no clue how to start.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your suggestion.

  • HomebirthMomma

    I am definitely going to try this tomorrow and even though I have a bread machine with a yeast dough recipe, I am doing this and by hand. This will go nicely with my meatballs and spaghetti. Just know I have tried a couple of your other recipes and have not been disappointed. Thank you for inspiring us to cook!

    • stephaniemanley

      I think you could do everything but shape them by hand with your bread machine. Let me know how it goes.

  • IzzieM

    When I made this recipe, my breadsticks tasted alot like yeast. I watched the video and followed the instructions verbatim. How can I fix this?

    • Issy

      I had that problem with a lot of ‘quick’ doughs, I usually sprinkle a bit of granulated garlic into the dough when mixing it. Probably a bit less then a tablespoon give or take,( might use less for garlic powder.) but you can use however much you like. It really helps mask the yeast taste tremendously! =) Hope this helps.

      • IzzieM

        Thank you! I’ll try that the next time I make these! Sounds good!

        • stephaniemanley

          Maybe next time try a not quick yeast, and go for the other normal yeast.

          • IzzieM

            Okay, I’ll give that a try! Thank you!

  • pregnancy cravings

    PS. Thank you for posting!!!

  • pregnancy cravings

    Pregnant and craving olive garden bread sticks. Guess what I’m about to make!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you enjoyed them.

  • Rhonda Barnett

    i worked at OG and made them, they are prepackaged breadsticks that you get from the store, covered in melted butter then baked and topped with a garlic powder and salt mix, this recipe is really close and im sure tastes better but for the lazy way thats how it is done :)

  • Thankful

    Your recipes are great no matter how close they come to the original. You do a great job and an even better job on your videos…. Thank you for taking the time to share!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much. I hope these are pretty close.

  • JoAnn

    Really wanted to make them but just couldn’t get the ingredients list to come up. I have a tip to add though. I use my pizza cutter whenever I’m dealing with breads and dough. It doesn’t tear or misshape anything because there is not a sawing motion. Honestly, I even use it to cut grilled cheese, etc.

    • JoAnn

      I have no clue why but the computer recipe gods just let me have the ingredients info. I’m so excited! Making them tomorrow!

  • ginnygirl

    I recently saw on a chef’s t.v. program that we should always use oil and not flour on the surface we will need or shape bread dough on. It keeps the dough from getting too dense. I wonder if that would be helpful here?

    • stephaniemanley

      Ginnygirl great suggestion I think it may help some certainly. I don’t think it will take care 100% of the denseness. I believe the difference may also be in the flour as well. I can’t replicate a particular bakery’s flour.

  • Sandybreit

    I made these tonight to go with lasagna, and first would just like to say that they tasted great! However, the recipe needs a few more specifics… It says “serves 8,” but does not say what a “serving” is. I made the dough into what I would consider a pretty large rectangle, and then cut it into 16 pieces, but the “bread sticks” came out more the size of hot dog buns. Next time I will definitely cut the amounts in half (I bake bread pretty often and should have known this was going to make a lot from the amount of flour), but otherwise this is definitely a keeper for me — thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie

      Great point about the serving size. I need to change my website to work in more specific proportions. We are working on that right now. I will get down do some more specifics.

  • Cory

    “Now you can make the Olive Garden breadsticks at home. Now any mean can be complete with these buttery and garlic flavored bread.” just curious what “any mean” is

    • stephaniemanley

      i made a typo, thank you for noting this.

  • Julia

    Have you eaten at olive garden? The bread sticks aren’t buttery. Not at all. They have a light yeast taste to them. And they aren’t yellow. WTH?

    • stephaniemanley

      Believe it or not I have eaten there many times. I respect your opinion, but I don’t share your take on them being not buttery. They are oiled down with butter or butter like substance. I used Kerrygold butter which tends to be more richly colored than most American butters. Thank you for checking out the recipe, even if you disagree with me, and seem to think I have never ate at the Olive Garden.

    • Kelsey

      have YOU ever eaten at Olive Garden? Because the bread sticks do in fact have a light butter coating on them. If you’re still uncertain, ask an employee. Because they will tell you that as soon as they come out of the oven they are brushed with butter and topped with the garlic mix.

    • Kris B.

      the OG you eat at must be skimping on what they do. I have never had a bread stick at any OG that I have been to that is not just like this.

    • kidsmom

      You can also ask them for more butter too if they don’t use enough. It depends on the person making them. Sorry yours aren’t brown and buttery

  • Robin

    Hi Stephanie! I’m actually making these tonight, the dough is rising as I’m typing this. I wasn’t sure where the vegetable oil and salt went, so I added it with the flour. Is that right? Just wanted to make sure for the next time I make this. Thanks for your help :-)

    • stephaniemanley

      Yes, add it in with your liquids. I hope you enjoy these.

      • cafeari

        Do you use freshly grated Parmesan reggiano or the processed pre-grated Kraft kind?

        • stephaniemanley

          For this you can use the cheese in a can 😉

          • Mona

            Never ever never cheese in a can…….sorry!

    • stephaniemanley

      Yes, add it in with your liquids. I hope you enjoy these.