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Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe
Olive Garden Breadsticks
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 140
Cook Time: 2 hours
Recipe Rating: 4.2 (6 reviews)
Anyone who loves Olive Garden is probably also a big fan of the bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain. My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Getting the bread just right for a good clone was tricky - I tried several different amounts of yeast in all-purpose flour, but then settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. The two-stage rising process is also a crucial step in this much requested Top Secret Recipe.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Best Ever . . .
John Farmer  
Submitted on: 01/06/14
I read a recent review where it was said, "We love these breadsticks! In fact, we don't enjoy eating them at Olive Garden anymore. They just don't compare to these." I agree whole heartedly! Since it's usually just my wife and me I halve the recipe. I have made them numerous times and each time they come out perfect!
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Mary Swenson  
Submitted on: 10/20/13
This recipe didn't even come close to the orginal breadsticks at Olive Garden. I may use the recipe again, but with quite a few alterations.
Marina P  
Submitted on: 09/18/13
I made this last night and they were absolutely delicious. They taste just like olive garden's bread!!
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Rachelle Foster  
Submitted on: 07/30/13
We love these breadsticks! In fact, we don't enjoy eating them at Olive Garden anymore. They just don't compare to these!
Decent Breadsticks
John D.  
Submitted on: 02/02/13
These breadsticks came out crispier than they should have been. However, even with the burned bottoms, the seasoning tasted spot on.
Marsha T.  
Submitted on: 05/17/10
This recipe was an excellent clone of Olive Garden breadsticks. Taste was nearly identical. I only experienced two problems with the first batch: difficulty removing the breadsticks from the parchment paper after baking and short, fat breadsticks. Next time, I will just flour the bottoms of the sticks a bit before putting on the parchment and roll out to about 9" long instead of 7". Doing both of these things should fix my issues. Great job! They taste wonderful! We're overseas military and there isn't an Olive Garden in site! Now I can make my favorites at home! Thank you so much!