If you love the breadsticks at Olive Garden you’ll love my Nearly Famous Breadsticks! They’re the closest to the famous restaurant ones as you can make at home! Soft with just the right amount of garlic salt and Parmesan cheese, they’re the perfect accompaniment to any Italian dinner. They’re also great as a snack with garlic cream cheese dip!
An ordinary spaghetti dinner turns into something special with Nearly Famous Breadsticks!
One of the things I love about making these breadsticks is that I don’t have to knead them by hand. They turn out perfectly using the dough hook on my stand mixer. But it you don’t have a stand mixer you can make the dough and knead it until the dough is nice and elastic.
I like my stand mixer but someday I’m going to have one like this!
You’ll want to be sure to allow the butter to come to room temperature before starting the Nearly Famous Breadsticks. The dough won’t form properly if the butter is too cold. I set my butter out at least a couple of hours before I plan to begin baking.
Pour 1/4 cup of warm water in a small bowl. Sprinkle active dry yeast over the water and set it aside until it foams. This takes about 5 minutes.
Next pour the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer (or any large bow if you don’t have a stand mixer). Attach the paddle attachment and mix the flour and salt.
Add the remaining water, 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter, and the sugar to the flour mixture and mix until combined.
Now we’re making breadsticks!
Switch to the dough hook and, on low speed, being to knead the dough. Increase the speed and knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. This only takes about 5 minutes. If you need to you can add small amounts of flour to get the right consistency to the dough.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and put it in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
While the dough is rising line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and cut it into 2 ounce pieces. I use my kitchen scale to be sure to get the right weight but you can eyeball it. I’d say the pieces should be slightly larger than a large egg.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll each piece of dough into 7 inch long breadsticks. You should avoid having the ends too narrow as they’ll overcook before the rest of the breadstick is fully baked. Just push the really narrow ends back in a little. I realize now I should have taken pictures of this.
Place the breadsticks on the parchment paper-lined baking sheets and brush them with 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle garlic salt on the breadsticks and bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
Brush the breadsticks again with melted butter and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese.
Nearly Famous Breadsticks
If you love the breadsticks at Olive Garden you’ll love my Nearly Famous Breadsticks! Soft and hot with just the right taste of garlic and Parmesan cheese these breadsticks are sure to please your family!
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
- 4 1/2 cups flour + more if needed
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (4 at room temperature, 4 melted)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt or to taste
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
- Pour 1/4 cup of the warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast on the water. Let it stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
- While the yeast is activating pour the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a mixing spoon if you don’t have a stand mixer).
- Add the remaining water, 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter, and the sugar to the stand mixer bowl and mix until combined.
- Switch to the dough hook and pour in the foamy yeast.
- Pour in the remaining water, 4 1/4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons room temperature butter, sugar, and salt.
- Mix on low speed until combined.
- Increase speed to medium, kneading until dough is smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Add additional flour in small amounts, if needed, to get the dough to come together.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and place in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
- Cut dough in 2 ounce pieces then roll out each piece thin rolls about 7 inches long.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Brush dough with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, sprinkle on the garlic salt, and bake until golden brown (about 12 – 15 minutes).
- Remove breadsticks from oven, brush with remaining melted butter and grated Parmesan cheese.