Pizza Dough Breadsticks is so simple to make and just as delicious as your local pizzeria! Make quick and easy breadsticks any night of the week!
Anything pizza-related is a favorite in our house – thin crust, thick crust, calzones, pizza bagels, anything! These easy homemade breadsticks are a new crowd pleaser!
Made with simple ingredients, Easy Peasey Pizza Dough Breadsticks are a great side dish to any Italian meal you’re cooking up. My family also loves them as an after-school snack! You should also try out this DELICIOUS Cauliflower Pizza Crust – who thought my kids would ever ASK for cauliflower?!
EASY PEASEY PIZZA DOUGH BREADSTICKS
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I. LOVE. PIZZA…. seriously, if it was socially acceptable to eat it every day, I might. What I don’t love is how expensive it can be to order pizza out all the time.
My kids love pepperoni on their pizza. My husband loves spicy peppers on his pizza, and I love mushrooms and onions on mine. Let’s just say it’s hard to all agree on one single type of pizza to order. So we end up spending a pretty penny to make everyone happy.
Not anymore. I’ve figured out this great pizza dough breadstick recipe that is easy to make at home. Bonus: It’s easy to personalize for everyone’s tastes.
Bonus: It’s a fraction of the cost of take-out!
Making bread and doughs has always intimidated me. Yeast can be a very tricky ingredient that I’ve struggled with on more than one occasion. (Anyone else out there or all you all bread-making geniuses!?)
Then I found this recipe and my fears went right out the door! It’s so easy! I just dump the ingredients into the mixer and let it go. The recipe calls for rapid rise yeast so there is no dissolving ahead of time.
If you don’t have a stand mixer don’t worry. You can knead the dough by hand for a few minutes.
Once I have the dough prepped and ready, I always have my kids help out in the topping process! There’s nothing that encourages kids to be a little more adventurous with their eating than letting them help prepare their food.
Whenever we make this garlic breadsticks recipe my kids have free reign over their own meal. If they want to add some broccoli, great! If they want to smother their breadsticks in cheese, go for it! If they want to make some crazy concoction of all the pizza toppings we have available, cool!
I love seeing what they come up with, and they love eating their creations.
Ingredients for Pizza Dough Breadsticks
We’ve been making this breadsticks recipe so often that I’ve started keeping multiple packets of rapid-rise yeast in my pantry. Like I said before, there was a time when yeast scared me. I would’ve had to ask an employee of the grocery store where I would even find it haha. But not anymore!
I love that this recipe can be used for breadsticks, regular pizza dough, calzone dough, the possibilities are endless!
Here’s what you’ll need for your easy peasey pizza dough:
- All-purpose flour
- Rapid rise yeast
- Very warm water
What toppings can you put on breadsticks?
These first few toppings are my “always use” ingredients. They’re the base layer for the breadsticks. After you have these sprinkled on, feel free to get creative with some more toppings…
- Dried rosemary
- Dried thyme
- Grated parmesan
- Garlic powder
- Olive oil
Some of our family’s other favorite toppings for these breadsticks include pepperoni, fresh tomato slices, basil, caramelized onions, and bbq chicken!
How to Make Breadsticks
Alright, fellow yeast fearers – time to conquer that fear and become a breadstick champion!
- Start by combining 2 cups of flour, the packet of yeast, and salt.
- Next, mix in the warm water. I’ve learned (through trial and major errors) that it’s important to use very warm water – between 120 and 130 degrees. I use a food thermometer to test my water before mixing it in. The warm water helps to activate the yeast and let it do its yeast thing 🙂
- Add in your remaining flour and combine until dough pulls from the edge of the bowl. It’s going to be sticky… don’t worry!
- Now, knead your dough for 4-5 minutes until a smooth, elastic dough is formed. I love to throw my dough in my stand mixer and let the bread-hook attachment do the work for me. But, it’s not a necessary tool for this recipe. if you don’t have one, your arms will just get a better workout while you knead!
- Cover your dough with plastic wrap or a warm towel and let rest for 10 minutes. It’s got to rise a little bit!
- Once your dough has rested, roll or pull it out to the desired size and shape. (For a pizza, roll it out into a circle. For breadsticks – I like to go rectangular so I can cut into strips easily.)
- Now, grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil and place your dough on it. Now comes the fun part – toppings! Here’s where I call in my kids for their expert assistance.
Topping your breadsticks (or as my son likes to call it – “decorating time”)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Brush the strips of dough with olive oil (see my favorite pastry brushes linked below!)
- Sprinkle the rest of your toppings except the parmesan cheese in a single layer over the dough. Just make sure you’re not stacking your toppings too thick. Otherwise, the dough won’t be able to cook thoroughly.
- Bake your breadsticks for 10 min and then add the cheese
- Continue to check the bread sticks every 5 minutes or so. They may take anywhere from 15-25 minutes depending on the toppings you have on. You’ll know they’re done when they’re golden brown and your cheese is sizzling!
What to serve with breadsticks?
In our house, homemade breadsticks are the go-to side dish for anything Italian themed. We love big hearty pasta meals, and every great pasta dish needs some bread to soak up any extra sauce.
We used to just grab a loaf of bread at the grocery store. However, just any old loaf of bread doesn’t cut it anymore! It’s almost a given that when pasta is for dinner, easy peasey pizza dough breadsticks are coming along for the ride!
Here are some great suggestions for what to serve them with:
- Warm marinara sauce (like this Best Ever Pizza Sauce!)
- Spinach artichoke dip (this one is made in a crock-pot)
- Ranch dressing – have you dipped pizza in ranch before? If you haven’t you’re missing out!
- Olive oil seasoned with parmesan and mixed Italian seasonings
Need some more side dish inspiration? Check out these other Real Housemoms favorites!
- Simple Broccoli Casserole
- Mamaw’s Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Parmesan Garlic Bread
- Italian Style Creamy Corn Casserole
- Parmesan Mushroom Risotto
- More SIDE DISH recipes…
Tools used to make this Easy Peasey Pizza Dough recipe
Pastry Brush: this set of silicone brushes comes in handy far more often than I ever would have expected!
Food Thermometer: From measuring the temperature of meat to checking the water temps this is a must-have kitchen item!
Stand Mixer: no, this is not necessary for this recipe, but boy does it make it easier! I love my stand mixer so much, I use it all the time!
*This post originally posted on 04/11/2013.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup very warm water (between 120 and 130 degrees)
- Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, and salt together in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
- Mix in water. Add remaining flour and mix until dough pulls from the edge of the bowl.
- Turn dough onto a lightly flour surface, and knead for 4-5 minutes until a smooth, elastic dough is formed.
- Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll or pull out dough to your desired size and shape.
- Grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil. Place dough on pan to cook.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Brush olive oil all over the top of the dough
- Sprinkle rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and salt evenly over the dough.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle dough with Parmesan cheese and return to the oven.
- Continue to check the dough every 5 minutes. Cooking time may take anywhere from 15-25 minutes in total. Once the dough is golden brown around the edges, remove the pan from the oven.
- Transfer cooked dough to a cutting board and cut into 10 breadsticks. Serve with marinara for dipping.