Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

I don’t make a habit of going to the Olive Garden.  I’ve been there twice in the last 7 years, both times before some sort of endurance event when we were in an unfamiliar city and just wanted a known (however mediocre) quantity.  And there are probably about 5 different kinds of food I’d choose before Italian.

BUT their breadsticks are pretty darn amazing, especially when paired with this minestrone.

While we’re on the topic of Italian food, here’s the pizza I made on Friday (basically a ripoff of one I had at Pizzeria Delfina, but without the fancy cheese).

Broccolini, roasted until tender, sun-dried black olives, marinara, and mozzarella. I put a TON of red pepper flakes over the marinara before I added the rest of the toppings so it was nice and spicy. Yum.

Even though it’s completely unrelated, I can’t end without talking about Mr. Red Sweatshirt on my run today. He passed me about half a mile in, but I was determined to stay on my own pace (that’s rare, and I’m kind of amazed I didn’t let my competitiveness take over. I’ve turned WAY too many training runs into races and it’s incredibly stupid and immature, but I usually can’t resist).

He got about 15 strides ahead of me and slowed down. Then, for the next THREE WHOLE MILES, every time I caught up to him, he sprinted ahead. This probably happened 15 times. I found it quite amusing for some reason (so amusing I felt the need to take a picture).  Hope you enjoyed your fartlek, buddy!

Anyway, let’s make some breadsticks! And don’t be shy with the melted butter after they come out of the oven; it’s what makes them so good.

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(source: food.com)

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10 Responses to “Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks”


  1. 1 Annie February 29, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Oh no you didn’t. I don’t think I’ve ever starred a recipe this quickly. Haven’t been to OG in years, but we did get carry out once or twice and this was the reason why. No more!

  2. 2 Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab February 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

    When I was in college my friends and I used to go to Olive Garden for their soup and salad combo pretty frequently. It was cheap enough to fit out college budgets and we’d always fill up on those breadsticks- they were my favorite part! I’m excited to re-create them at home!

  3. 3 ErinsFoodFiles February 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Takes me back to high school! I used to go in and get a bowl of minestrone soup (back when it was like $.99 or $1.99) and eat like 3-4 breadsticks. And I still remember the day my friend didn’t order any food, and yet ate ELEVEN BREADSTICKS!

  4. 4 Michael February 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    These breadsticks made us feel more like family…weird.

  5. 5 Danielle February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Those breadsticks look amazing!!

    And in regards to your run – I’m totally guilty of doing the same thing! Last week I was out for a run that I wanted to keep easy, and as I turned the corner I saw a girl coming down the street, and I then proceeded to book it for the next 2 miles to make sure she couldn’t “catch me.” And of course with her being behind me I had no idea where she was… making me basically race my “easy” run. Gotta love that internal competitiveness!

  6. 6 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Oh no! Currently printing this recipe I love warm fresh baked bread yum!

  7. 7 Andrea February 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Embarassing to admit but I’ve recognized you a couple times out at the Lake. This has happened to me a number of times too. I’m not sure why these dudes care so much about being the fastest person around at a random time.

  8. 8 Kate March 1, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I don’t think I’ve been to the Olive Garden since highschool when we used to go for the never-ending salad and breadsticks!

  9. 9 Jen March 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    i can’t even remember the last time i ate at olive garden but i can imagine the taste of those breadsticks right now. mmm. so good!

  10. 10 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking March 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Cate,
    I just have to say that I LOVE your blog and your daughter has the most beautiful eyes! These breadsticks look incredible and I know my family will go nuts for them.
    I made your Oreo Cupcakes today although incorrectly, but I thought they still tasted good and am excited to make them again – WITHOUT leaving them in the oven for too long!
    I look forward to visiting you again!


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