I can just taste it now. Those delicious butter and garlic breadsticks from Olive Garden. They are seriously the best! They pair perfectly with the endless soup or salad starters and all of the delicious Italian dishes from the menu.
When we eat at Olive Garden, we always tell them to keep the breadsticks coming. If you get a really good waiter or waitress, they will even offer you breadsticks wrapped up to go!
What could be better than being able to pack up that garlicky goodness and take it home with you? The thing is, they never seem the same when they aren’t fresh.
How do you reheat Olive Garden breadsticks? On their packaging, Olive Garden suggests reheating breadsticks by baking them for about 5 minutes in the original bag. You can also bake them in foil, or cook them in a pan, microwave, or toaster oven.
Fortunately, if you glance at the packaging, they actually give you some reheating instructions, so be sure to check those out! There are other reheating options as well.
In this guide, we will walk you through the recommended way to reheat Olive Garden breadsticks and share with you some simple tips for other reheating options as well. There is more than one way to get the job done!
Keep reading to learn how to reheat Olive Garden breadsticks.
Official Olive Garden Breadsticks Reheating Guide:
We mentioned already that Olive Garden actually has printed instructions on their breadstick packaging if you get those breadsticks wrapped up by them or order them to go. Let’s cover those instructions first.
Since these instructions come directly from the source, we recommend using them first if you have the time and the available tools needed to reheat them this way.
Here are your steps to reheat Olive Garden breadsticks, according to the package instructions:
- Preheat a conventional oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Leave the breadsticks in the bag if possible. If you already ditched the bag, try wrapping the breadsticks in foil or placing them on a pan and covering them with foil.
- Cook in this manner for about 5 minutes or until the breadsticks are warm and soft.
This is the very best way to reheat your breadsticks, as recommended by Olive Garden themselves. It’s even faster than reheating typical garlic bread.
Now, let’s talk about another option.
Reheating Olive Garden Breadsticks in the Microwave
Let’s be honest, you don’t always have an oven available for reheating purposes. Sometimes, you take those leftovers to work and you just have the break room microwave for your reheating needs!
Not to worry, here are the steps to reheating Olive Garden breadsticks in the microwave:
- Remove the bread from the Olive Garden packaging. This packaging is NOT microwave-safe. It does contain a foil lining.
- Lightly moisten a paper towel or even a kitchen towel and wrap it around your bread directly.
- Over the moist piece, wrap another dry layer around the bread to get it fully covered.
- Reduce the microwave power to medium. We recommend between 30 and 50%.
- Cook the bread in the microwave on medium heat for about 45-60 seconds.
In this process, the wet layer of towels helps to retain the moisture of the bread. This way you won’t experience dry or hard bread when you bite into it. This keeps it soft and delicious.
The second layer of wrapping is because the bread needs to be fully covered. This step is also to prevent it from getting dry or hard.
Finally, when you reduce the microwave’s cooking power, it’s not as harsh on the bread. This will give you the very best results overall. Reducing the power is an important step to the end result, so don’t skip it!
Finally, remember that you can NOT microwave the garlic bread in the Olive Garden bread packets. Those packets do have a foil layer and you will quickly cause problems if you try to microwave it.
Alternatively, you can also reheat your Olive Garden breadsticks in a toaster oven if one is available. If this is the reheating method you use or have available, follow the same process as recommended for reheating those breadsticks in the oven.
However, it may take slightly longer in the toaster oven.
We hope you find this guide to reheating Olive Garden breadsticks to be a valuable resource for delicious reheated bread!
We invite you to review the question and answer section for some additional information.
Should You Refrigerate Olive Garden Breadsticks?
Most of the time, it is recommended not to store bread in the fridge. However, these breadsticks are typically covered in butter so it is best to refrigerate them up to 3 days.
Can You Make Your Own Olive Garden Breadsticks?
There are tons of copycat recipes out there that you can attempt to make your own breadsticks. Or you can simply order them to-go from your local Olive Garden.