One of my favorite restaurants is Olive Garden . . . and my husband and I basically devour their breadsticks because they are so good! I came across this recipe and had to put it to the test to see if it really did match up with Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks.
In a large mixing bowl of a dough mixer, mix together water, softened butter, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast and make smooth soft dough.
(If you don't have a dough mixer, simply mix ingredients together in a bowl using a large spoon. When dough becomes too hard to mix using that, pull out of bowl and knead on a floured surface until dough is smooth. I kneaded mine for about 5 minutes and it turned out fine)
When dough is ready make elongated shape of bread sticks measuring 1 1/2 inch thickness and 5-6 inches long.
Place these sticks on a greased baking sheet by keeping 2-4 cm distance in between sticks.
Cover the pan and let them rise to double in size for 60-80 min (keep in a warm place for faster rising).
After they have risen, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Brush breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 18-20 minutes until they are lightly golden on top (don't over bake).
Serve warm breadsticks with marinara sauce for dipping.
*Final result: These are delicious breadsticks and are pretty close to Olive Garden. I cooked mine for about 3 minutes too long, so they were a little overdone for my taste. Next time I am going to pull them out a little earlier and see if that makes a difference. I am usually shy away from making bread, but these were pretty quick to rise and made just the right amount that I felt comfortable making them . . . and if I can do it, anyone can!! They make a great side dish and I will for sure make them again.