I make pizza most Friday nights and always hope to have enough leftovers to have the next day for lunch. If I just make pizza I don’t always end up with enough to feed us again, but if I make breadsticks I can get two meals for the effort of one! I’m all about that kind of arrangement.
Breadsticks are all about timing, in my opinion. I bake the first pizza, then the breadsticks, and then the second pizza. If we are still hungry after the first pizza the breadsticks get munched on, and by the time the second pizza is out of the oven everyone is full. Hurray for leftovers!
This is the same dough recipe that I use in my perfect pizzeria-style crust recipe. I seriously use this dough all of the time! The dough makes 2 large pizzas or 1 large pizza and about a dozen bread sticks. I normally double the recipe and make 2 pizzas, bread sticks, and cinnamon sticks (recipe coming later in the week!).
Easy Breadstick recipe
Easy Breadsticks
Makes dough for 24 breadsticks or 1 large pizza and about a dozen bread sticks
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 T. yeast
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup olive oil
4-6 cups flour
In a large mixing bowl add the water, yeast, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Allow mixture to stand for 5 minutes. Add one cup of flour and mix to combine. Add another cup of flour and mix through. Mix for 1 or 2 minutes. The dough should be the consistency of cake batter.
Add another cup of flour and mix through. Add flour until you can’t mix it by hand very well. Sprinkle some flour on your table and turn the dough onto the table. Knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. This should take 6 to10 minutes of kneading. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 15 to 60 minutes (this time varies a lot for me, I just let it rise according to how long it is until dinner time).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Divide the dough in half. Use one half for a pizza and the other half for breadsticks or use both halves for breadsticks. Roll the dough out on a piece of parchment (about a half inch thick) and then use your pizza cutter to cut the dough into 12 strips (about one and half inches wide). Slide the parchment onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until the breadsticks are light brown. If the breadsticks stick a together a little, just recut them after they have baked with the pizza roller. If you want more breadsticks, repeat, but if you want a pizza do that with the other half of the dough. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Easy Breadstick reicpe
Easy Breadsticks recipe

To serve them I like to wrap the bread sticks in the parchment paper they baked on. So fancy!

Easy Breadsticks recipe
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  1. Hi Melissa…thanks for all the wonderful recipes. I’m new to clean eating and your blog, so forgive me if you mention this elsewhere, but what is your preferred flour? I notice in many of your recipes you simply say “flour,” so I didn’t know if I should assume simply ww or a different kind? Also, I’m assuming when just yeast is stated its active dry yeast and not rapid rise? Thanks for your help!

    1. Melissa

      Thanks for asking Morgan! If I use whole wheat I probably tell you, or I’ll mention it in the notes of the recipe. I get nervous making everything WW because I’m afraid people won’t make it, so I normally have tried all the recipes using both. The bread sticks that you have commented on are definitely ones I make whole wheat 90% of the time. I grind my own white wheat berries so I have the equivalent of white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (I like a fine grind), both of those you could buy but they are bit nicer to work with than just traditional store bought whole wheat. I use rapid rise but I have used active dry a lot. I prefer the rapid rise because I think swear that the active has an after taste that no one can taste but me, but it bothers me. But as far as rising go, both work well. Does that help?! ENJOY!

      1. Great! Thanks, Melissa! I appreciate the help! (this is my first week of clean eating so Im allowing myself a cheat or two…your chocolate chip cookie recipe might have to be one of those!)

        1. Melissa

          Well if you are eating clean to lose weight that might not help, but if you are eating clean to overhaul and do a lifestyle change than you SO need those cookies (they are totally party of my 80/20 rule!) They will be the most amazing cookies you’ve ever eat. Guaranteed! Good luck girl and feel free to contact me. I love this topic!

    1. If we want them garlicy I’ll just melt a little butter and throw in some garlic powder and then brush that over the cooked bread sticks when they come out of the oven. EASY!

  2. Michelle W.

    My kids love cheesy bread whenever we order pizza (and cinnamon sticks). What do you think the best way would be to make these delicious looking breadsticks, cheesy inside breadsticks?

    Just discovered your blog and I can’t wait to make some of these awesome recipes!

    1. Hmmm. The most I’ve done is add some Parmesan on top but that sure isn’t pizzeria cheese bread. Did you try it?! I’d love to know what you did because my kids would LOVE cheese sticks!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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