Homemade Breadsticks

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 breadsticks

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These Homemade Breadsticks are better than Olive Garden! Ready in one hour from start to finish!

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  1. Can I use active dry yeast in this breadstick recipe?
  2. Can I use whole wheat flour in these breadsticks?
  3. How to freeze breadsticks:
  4. Homemade Breadsticks Recipe

I’ll be the first to admit that Olive Garden breadsticks are the only reason I go to Olive Garden at all.

There is just something about fresh yeast breads that can’t be beat, and homemade breadsticks, buttery and garlicky, and sprinkled with herbs and Parmesan are just hard to beat.

These breadsticks are soft and fluffy, with Italian seasoning and garlic in the dough, and brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan fresh out of the oven.

They are irresistible on their own, but if you must have something to dunk them in, this Chicken Gnocchi Soup, this Sausage Tortellini Soup and this Lasagna Soup: Crockpot or Instant Pot are the perfect additions!

Can I use active dry yeast in this breadstick recipe?

You can definitely use active dry yeast in this recipe, but it will require a couple of swaps.

First, you’ll need to proof the yeast by dissolving it in warm water. Active dry yeast has larger granules so it needs to be completely dissolved before adding to your flour mixture.

You will also need to allow for longer rise times, so the complete process will take 3-4 hours.

breadsticks overhead with tomato dipping sauce

To make these breadsticks using active dry yeast, you will follow this Homemade Buns recipe exactly, but reducing the sugar to ¼ cup and adding ½ teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

Once your dough has risen in the bowl and you are ready to roll your breadsticks, you will come back to finish the recipe here.

Can I use whole wheat flour in these breadsticks?

You can definitely use whole wheat flour for this breadstick recipe — I usually do when I am making them for our family.

I prefer to first test a recipe with all purpose flour, to see how using whole wheat flour might change it, but we tend to eat mostly whole wheat breads.

You can start with 2-3 cups of whole wheat flour for a light whole wheat dinner roll, or use up to 100%. 100% whole wheat breadsticks will still be delicious but will not be as soft or fluffy.

When I make these for our family, I tend to stick with 50-75% whole wheat flour. I find adding even a bit of all purpose flour makes them fluffier than 100% whole wheat flour.

breadstick recipe dipped in tomato sauce

How to freeze breadsticks:

These breadsticks are perfect for making ahead and saving in the freezer.

They reheat beautifully and are the perfect addition to so many meals!

To freeze breadsticks, let them cool completely — I usually let mine sit for 4-6 hours on a wire rack on the counter. Place in an airtight plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

To thaw, place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture and let sit at room temperature for an hour. You can also thaw them at a low temperature in the microwave, just be careful not to make them too hot or they can dry out.

To serve, I like to brush with additional garlic butter, wrap in foil and bake for 8-10 minutes until warm. They’ll taste just like they were fresh from the oven!

If you don’t want to use foil, you can always warm it on a low oven on a sheet pan, brushed with garlic butter.

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Homemade Breadsticks

5 from 31 votes
These Homemade Breadsticks are better than Olive Garden! Ready in one hour from start to finish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rise time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 24 breadsticks
Calories 176cal


  • 6-7 cups all purpose flour you can sub in whole wheat divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant or quick yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water noticeably warm but not hot
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

Garlic butter

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan


  • In a large bowl (the bowl of a stand mixer if you're using one), stir together 1 cup of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Add water and butter and stir until combined.
  • Stir in two more cups of flour with a spoon.
  • Put bowl in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, and gradually add remaining 3-4 cups flour, 1/2-1 cup at a time. As your dough gets closer to finishing, reduce the amount of flour you add at once so that you don't add too much. You can make this dough by hand as well — just stir in flour gradually until you can no longer use a spoon, then knead it in by hand, just until a soft and smooth dough forms. You want to stop adding flour when your dough is just past the sticky point.
  • Cover and place dough in a warm spot for 15 minutes (I like to turn my oven on to preheat for a few minutes, then turn it off before placing my dough inside). You can always let it rise longer if you want, up to 1.5 hours.
  • Uncover dough and divide into 4 even sections. Divide each section into 6 equal sections so you have 24 pieces. Keep remaining pieces covered to prevent drying out while you roll each breadstick.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball, pinching the seams in the back and rolling until smooth. Place ball on the counter and roll back and forth with both hands to make a cylinder that is roughly 6" long and 1" wide.
  • Place cylinders on prepared baking sheet, about 1.5" apart (you can place them closer together if you want them to tough — they will then have softer sides). Optional: you can let the breadsticks rise up to 1 hour before baking.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 13-15 minutes, until light golden brown.
  • Combine melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Brush over breadsticks while warm. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 176cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Amanda says

    This recipe is absolutely perfect!. Everyone in my family loves these and ask for them all the time!. Thank you so much for such a great recipe!!!!

  2. Carrie S. says

    These Breadsticks Are So Delicious!! The dough makes a good amount which I always look for because I have a big family and I also use to make stuff ahead of time.

    My son Requested deep dish Pizzas. So We made a couple with the dough in 9×13 bake pans and If I remember correctly we had also made some Breadsticks to go with.

    Every time I use this Recipe It does not disappoint. The only thing that I’d say is I double the Butter and Seasonings for adding on top of the breadsticks. Thank You So Much for sharing such a Wonderful Recipe. YOU ROCK!!

  3. Paula says

    This recipe is awesome! Easy to follow directions. Made them to go with a homemade chicken corn chowder for my group of girlfriends on a cold Minnesota night. They all loved them. We all decided they need to be served at the bridal shower we were planning that night. I’ll be making four batches next weekend! So glad I found the recipe. Thanks!

      • Barb says

        When we go see our grandkids, I bring these along. Or I make them when they are coming here. They eat at Olive Garden quite frequently, just because of their breadsticks. Now they like mine (yours) better. They’re so easy and we love them too. Thanks for the great recipe.

  4. Taylor says

    I have made this recipe a handful of times and I had no experience baking anything that involved yeast or letting dough rise before I made this the first time and it is so easy! They are so good on their own or dipped in soup or marinara. 10/10 would recommend!

  5. macladywloo@yahoo.com says

    I have made these several times now, and both my husband and I find them irresistible! Since raisin bread is a favourite in our home, I used the basics of this recipe to make a cinnamon raisin version, which turned out really well also. Now we have a tough decision when it comes to making a new batch! Thanks so much for the recipe, yum, yum!

  6. Vivian Sullivan says

    The guys were going to watch the game so I decided to whip these up. I followed the recipe exactly letting the rise only 15 minutes after shaping them… my family declared them soft amd tasty….my son who’s been a food critic since 3 said ” it was a solid recipe” is very high praise! I thought they were really easy and delicious.

  7. Bekah says

    Would these work fine, if I place them in the fridge for a few hours before setting them out for the 2nd rise?
    Thanks in advance.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Bekah! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, but you should be able to refrigerate them. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  8. Audrey says

    I’ve made these 3 times now, and they have been perfect every time! The whole family loves them and we always have plenty for the freezer. We love to use them with quick weeknight meals like soup. Thank you so much for this recipe!❤️

  9. Cydney Steward says

    So good!! Made them with olive oil instead of butter, came out great. Will definitely be making these again!

  10. Kristin says

    We made a 1/2 batch to go with our Italian dinner and they were DELICIOUS! I was afraid I didn’t roll them out properly, but they turned out great. I will freeze the rest to use for meals in the future. So easy, thank you.

  11. Lily says

    These breadsticks were so perfectly fluffy and delicious, we enjoyed them with a pasta dinner they were amazing!!

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