Homemade Italian Breadsticks

Friday, March 26, 2021
If you've ever eaten at a 5-star Italian restaurant then you'll remember those crunchy, garlicky herb-coated or plain breadsticks that are addicting so today we are making these divine easy breadsticks at home to prove that baking yeast dough from scratch is so much better.

The crunchy outside and pillowy soft inside make these irresistible not to mention our recipe for an addicting and "Ridiculously Delicious Dipping Oil " (see recipe below).

These are perfect for any meal, plus they're a  great delicious addition to any entertaining around the holidays or even game-day get-togethers also.

I can easily make a whole meal out of these served with a little melted mozzarella cheese on top then dipped in our freshly made dipping sauce or Homemade Pizza Sauce on the side, bread is definitely my guilty pleasure.

Any time I make these, they're gone so fast I usually only get to eat one, so I will give you a fair warning to "make a double batch"!

If you love bread like I do you may also want to try some other easy recipes like our No-Knead Bread and Zucchini Bread Sticks both two more favorites!

This breadstick recipe is super easy to make and can be made in any shape you like, twists, sticks, pretzel-shaped, circles, just get creative and have some fun the dough is easy to work with.

Just scroll all the way down to get these printable recipes for both the Italian Breadsticks and the Ridiculously Delicious Dipping Oil.

these are an authentic twisted Italian herb and cheese crusted breadstick

Dinner Breadsticks

We love to have these with just about any meal, they are so easy to make, hardly any kneading involved just a few minutes, then rise the dough, shape, and bake.

You don't even have to fuss with making different shapes, just make sticks, place them on the parchment paper, and your good to go.

We really love serving them with assorted Dipping Sauces, some of the kids love these dipped in Ranch then another in Blue Cheese so many options!

these are homemade breadsticks made Italian style with herbs and cheese

Ridiculously Delicious Dipping Oil

One of my favorite parts of the meal is these breadsticks served with dipping oil in my favorite restaurant, I could just fill up on this and literally have no room for my meal it's so delicious!

This recipe has simple ingredients below:
  1. fresh basil leaves
  2. Romano and Parmesan blended cheese 
  3. roasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  4. garlic cloves
  5. salt
  6. Kalamata olives
  7. olive oil
  8. additional olive oil and breadsticks for serving(for this complete recipe see recipe card below)

dipping oil for homemade breadsticks


  1. use tepid water to dissolve the yeast, it should never be hot
  2. make sure the dough is covered and away from drafts while rising
  3. give it at least 90 minutes to rise or more
  4. make these plain, herb, cheese, before or after they are baked
  5. after baked sprinkled with shredded provolone and mozzarella 
  6. brush with oil or water before adding the toppings before baking
  7. serve with favorite dipping sauce or marinara
  8. for a little heat add some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper

raw breadstick dough with herbs

Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • yeast
  • honey
  • salt
  • water
  • olive oil
  • Options: oregano, granulated garlic powder, rosemary, Pecorino Romano Cheese, sesame seeds

breadstick dough homemade in a mixing steel bowl

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Homemade Dough

The best breadsticks are made from scratch and these are so simple to make and delicious, you will never like store-bought again.

Even the smell of these baking will get your mouth watering and whether you leave them plain, herb-flavored, or with cheese, you can't just eat one!

Hope you like these as much as we do, let me know in the comments what you think!

Homemade Italian Breadsticks

Homemade Italian Bread Stick Recipe

Yield: 18
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min
These breadsticks with dipping oil are so addicting sprinkled with herbs, cheese, and spices. Perfect with any meal and both recipes are easy to make.


  • 1/2  cup plus1 tablespoon water warm to the wrist
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 1/2 tablespoon  flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 
  • 2- 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Note: Below are serving suggestions and garnish ideas before baking
  • Brush the sticks with water or oil first then with optional toppings:
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • granulated garlic powder
  • salt and pepper 
  • oregano
  • for a little heat add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • sesame seeds
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • dill weed
  • fennel seed
  • After baking topping:
  • shredded cheese of any kind mozzarella and provolone is usually what we use
  • freshly chopped fine fresh garlic
  • fresh basil minced and parsley
  • drizzle with olive oil and Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • See recipe for the olive oil dipping sauce is at the end of this post.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Prepare two cookies sheets with parchment paper
  3. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water add to a stand mixer and stir this for 1 minute.
  4. Add the salt, honey, and oil and stir.
  5. Slowly add the flour and beat until it forms a ball.
  6. Place on a cutting board and knead the dough for around 1 minute.
  7. Let the dough for around 2 hours covered in a warm area.
  8. Make the dough into sticks or twists.
  9. If using the seasoning just sprinkle a little of each on top of the sticks.
  10. If add sesame seeds you will need to brush with oil or water first so they stick.
  11. Place on parchment paper and bake until golden browned around 15 minutes.
  12. Ridiculously Delicious Dipping Oil
  13. 1 cup basil leaves
  14. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  15. 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  16. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  17. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  18. 6 Kalamata olives
  19. 1/4 cup olive oil
  20. additional olive oil and bread for serving
  21. Using a food processor, combine the basil, cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and olives. 
  22. Process until ingredients form a paste. Slowly add olive oil.
  23. Use this for dipping breadsticks, homemade hot bread, or topping for pasta.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. My kids would go WILD if I made these, thank you!

  2. These are sure to become a favorite in our home - so easy and perfect for anytime snacking!

  3. Mine turned out perfect and the dipping sauce is amazing, like you said.

  4. It was super easy to make, love how crispy these breadstick were! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  5. Ohhhh I'm so going to need these this weekend!! Looks better than any breadsticks we get from any local restaurants here!!

  6. We sure have enjoyed featuring your awesome post this week at Full Plate Thursday, 531. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. You said it right about making double batch! These were so delicious that it disappeared right away. One of my favorites to make.

  8. I should have paid closer attention to your suggestion of making a second batch. Oh my! These breadsticks were absolutely delicious!!! I can't wait to make them again.

  9. These breadsticks were delicious! They had the perfect crisp exterior with a soft inside, and the Parmesan added the best flavor.

  10. Yum! My boys would love to nibble this, I'm sure. I just saved the recipe. Thanks!

  11. Oh the dipping oil was so good. Breadsticks turned out great and it was relatively easy to make.

  12. This would always be a welcome addition at any holiday party! And that dip is fabulous, too!

  13. These look so delicious and perfect for dinner or along with our favorite soup. The recipe is so easy to follow and I have all the ingredients in the pantry :)


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