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Homemade Breadsticks bake up light and fluffy and then brushed with a quick garlic butter for the ultimate addition to our favorite Italian dinners like lasagna, rigatoni and spaghetti. This is a super simple recipe that anyone can make!

I make garlic breadsticks pretty often, they are so simple to make and are a great addition to your favorite meals. They also make the best snack dipped in marinara sauce or ranch dressing.

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Breadsticks on a platter, red napkin, salad with tomatoes


Garlic Breadsticks on a platter - side salad with tomatoes, red napkin - text overlay

Ingredients for Breadsticks:

  • Warm Water – 95 – 100°
  • Instant or Active Dry Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Kosher Salt
  • Butter
  • Fresh Garlic 
  • Fresh Parsley

How to Make Breadsticks:

adding yeast to water, with oil, adding flour, mixed dough

  • Pour warm water into a mixer bowl and add in yeast, sugar and oil. Stir together. I like Red Star Yeast Platinum for making bread. It is instant yeast but dry active yeast will also work just fine. 
  • Add 3 cups of flour and salt. Use a dough hook to mix on low until ingredients come together. Knead for 3- 5 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, adding additional flour as needed 1/4 cup at a time.

Rising dough, rolled out and cut into breadsticks on a cutting board - collage

Grease a large bowl and add dough, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft- free place for about 1 hour to double in size. 

Punch down dough and roll on a floured surface to about a 12 x 18- inch rectangle. 

Use a pizza cutter to cut into 2- inch strips and then down the center, horizontally. 

Breadstick dough cut into slices, on a parchment lined baking sheet, pan of garlic butter with parsley, baked breadsticks brushed with garlic butter - collage

  • Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place dough onto baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Set aside to rise 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375° and bake until lightly browned. 
  • Prepare the garlic butter by melting butter with grated garlic cloves, cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stir in parsley. 
  • Brush baked breadsticks with garlic butter and serve immediately. 

How to Store & Reheat Breadsticks:

Place cooled breadsticks in a zip top plastic bag or wrap in foil. Store at room temperature for 1- 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Reheat at 300° for about 5-8 minutes on a baking sheet or wrapped in foil.

Tips for shaping Breadsticks:

  • Shaping bread can be a challenge but breadsticks are super simple and there are two ways to go about it with good results. 
  • Simply slicing the rolled dough into strips and placing directly on a baking sheet to rise. Dough will stretch slightly when you handle it, just carefully shape into straight strips. 
  • The second option is to cut the dough into strips and then roll the dough from the long side, pinching the seam and ends together. 
  • I find just cutting the strips and placing them on the baking sheet to make more consistent looking breadsticks, but either way they are going to taste delicious. 

Breadsticks with garlic butter on white parchment paper

Easy Dinner Breads and Rolls

Platter of breadsticks, red napkin with bowl of green salad with tomatoes

Add these easy breadsticks to your menu this week. You will love how simple the dough is to work with and they are always a great compliment to any pasta dinner or pizza night.




Homemade Breadsticks on an oval platter with red check napkin
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Delicious garlic butter breadsticks made from scratch. A simple recipe to serve with any pasta dinner.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Additional Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breadsticks, garlic breadsticks, homemade breadsticks, Olive Garden breadsticks
Servings: 18 breadsticks
Calories: 714kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 95 - 100°
  • 1 package Red Star Platinum Yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons or active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for greasing the bowl
  • 3- 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

for the garlic butter:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves grated or finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley coarsely chopped


  • Add warm water to a mixer bowl with yeast, sugar and oil, stir to combine.
  • Next, add 3 cups of flour and salt.
  • Mix on low speed using the dough hook until all combined. Raise to medium - high speed and knead for 3- 5 minutes adding 1/4 cup of flour as needed. Dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Grease a large bowl and add dough, turning to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise about an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough and flour a clean surface. Roll dough into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle.
  • Slice dough in half horizontally and then into 2 inch strips.
  • Grease or line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place dough strips onto baking sheets and set aside to rise about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake breadsticks 12- 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Prepare garlic butter by combining butter and garlic in a small pan. Cook for about 5 minutes over low heat. Stir in chopped parsley. Brush over baked breadsticks and serve immediately.


Store breadsticks in a zip top plastic bag or wrapped in foil on the counter for 1 - 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Reheat in a 300° oven on baking sheet or wrapped in foil for about 8 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 301mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g



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