What To Do With Leftover Breadsticks

What To Do With Leftover Breadsticks: 7 Options

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Shari Mason

If you have ever experienced the pleasure of ordering a delicious batch of breadsticks from your favorite Italian restaurant, you would know that one order is enough to satisfy several people.

I remember being left with a handful of uneaten breadsticks, wondering what to do with them. 

Luckily there are plenty of creative ways to transform leftover breadsticks into a delicious meal or snack. 

So what can you do with leftover breadsticks? Let’s find out.

7 Dishes To Make With Leftover Breadsticks

Homemade Breadsticks with dipping sauce on a wooden board

1. Sausage & Pepperoni Breadstick Calzones 

Making sausage and pepperoni breadstick calzones [1] with leftover breadsticks is a great way to use extra breadsticks and get a delicious meal. 

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then roll the breadsticks into thin rectangles.

“Don’t let those leftover breadsticks go to waste; transform them into a flavorful encore performance!”

– Eat Pallet Restaurant & Food Advice

Fill each rectangle with a mix of cooked sausage and pepperoni, then fold the dough over the filling and crimp the edges to seal it. 

Bake the calzones for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and enjoy them hot. 


2. Spinach Artichoke Breadstick Dip 

This Spinach Artichoke Breadstick Dip is the perfect way to use leftover breadsticks. It is easy to make and full of flavor. 

Start by heating olive oil in a skillet and adding finely chopped onion, garlic, and some red pepper flakes. Once the onions are soft, add a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, a bag of frozen chopped spinach, and some salt and pepper. 

Let that cook for a few minutes before adding some cream cheese and a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Once the dip is melted and creamy, stir in the leftover breadsticks and let it all combine. 

Serve this delicious dip with some extra breadsticks for dipping, and enjoy. But how can you heat up Olive Garden breadsticks?

3. Breadstick Croutons 

Homemade Croutons on a Bowl

Making breadstick croutons with leftover breadsticks is a tasty and easy way to use any extra breadsticks. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and lightly greasing a baking sheet. Cut your leftover breadsticks into small cubes and spread them evenly on the baking sheet. 

Drizzle olive oil over the cubes and sprinkle with your favorite herbs and spices. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. 

Enjoy your homemade croutons as a topping for salads or soups.

4. Breadstick Pesto Pizza 

Making Breadstick Pesto Pizza with Leftover Breadsticks is a delicious and easy way to use those extra breadsticks. 

Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, spread pesto sauce onto a pizza crust and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. 

Place the leftover breadsticks on top of the cheese and press down lightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the breadsticks are toasted. 

Serve with a side of marinara sauce, and enjoy.

5. Breadstick Bruschetta 

Making Breadstick Bruschetta [2] With Leftover Breadsticks is a great way to use up any extra breadsticks you have lying around. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Slice the breadsticks in half, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the breadsticks with olive oil and season with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. 

Bake the breadsticks for 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy. Once the breadsticks have cooled, top them with diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. 

Place the bruschetta back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve with a side of marinara sauce, and enjoy.

6. Breadstick Bread Pudding

Making Breadstick Bread Pudding is a delicious and easy way to use leftover breadsticks. 

Start by crumbling the breadsticks into a large bowl and adding other ingredients like eggs, milk, sugar, and spices. Mix the ingredients until everything is fully combined. 

Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake in the oven until the top is golden and the center is set. Serve the Breadstick Bread Pudding warm and enjoy the deliciousness of a classic dessert made with leftover breadsticks.

7. Breadstick Garlic Knots

Homemade Garlic Knots

Making breadstick garlic knots with leftover breadsticks is the perfect way to use stale breadsticks and turn them into a delicious snack. 

“ I notice a difference in my body, in my energy, and physically in how I look. When I do have the white bread, the white flour, I feel puffier and doughier. So I do try to be mindful of having protein and vegetables and a clean diet, really for my energy.”

– Lori Loughlin, Actress

Start by preheating the oven to 375°F and lightly greasing a baking sheet. Cut each breadstick into thirds and shape it into knots. 

Place the knots on the baking sheet and lightly brush them with melted butter and garlic powder. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. 

Serve warm with marinara or ranch for dipping.


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Leftover breadsticks can typically be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. After that, it is best to freeze the breadsticks and reheat them in the oven or microwave when ready to eat.

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Yes, you can freeze leftover breadsticks. Wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. When ready to eat, reheat them in the oven or microwave.

Final Thoughts

Leftover breadsticks can be used to make a variety of different dishes. 

From breadstick pizzas to breadstick casseroles, there are plenty of ways to put these delicious leftovers to use. 

If you’re not interested in cooking, you can use them as a snack or side dish or dip them into your favorite sauces. 

With so many options, you’ll never have ideas for what to do with leftover breadsticks.


Shari Mason

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