Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots

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Every time I see garlic knots on a restaurant menu I want them. I don’t always order them but I always want them. I mean, a tray of buttery garlic knots, warm from the oven, alongside a great big bowl of pasta – does it get any better than that?

The thing is, with the help of a canister of Pillsbury Breadstick dough, they are incredibly fast and easy to make at home and let me tell you, if you put these out at a gathering, they’ll be gobbled up in no time flat.

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A few important ingredient notes. Some of these items may be controversial to some – “Gasp! She’s using minced garlic from a jar and that powdery Parmesan from the green can!!!“.  Yes, exactly.  This recipe is about being fast and easy but in addition, I prefer the texture of this Parmesan for this recipe and really, the convenience of the minced garlic in the jar is wonderful. I always keep some in my fridge. Of course, if you’d prefer to smash, peel, and finely chop fresh garlic, that would work just as well. You’ll also need a jar of your favorite marinara. I’m loving this Mezzetta Home Style Marinara.

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This is the buttery, garlic and herb mixture that we’ll brush on to the knots before they bake. It’s a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, olive oil, and some dry basil and oregano.

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Making the knots is easy. Just remove the dough from the canister and separate it into 12 breadsticks. Tie each one into a knot. I begin by wrapping it around my hand and then continuing to pull the one end through the middle. Just like tying a shoe.

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You’ll end up with a neat little knot. If it’s not so neat, don’t fret. Just smoosh it into place with your hands. They’ll puff up and look beautiful when they bake.

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Place the knots on an ungreased baking sheet, brush them with the butter/herb mixture and sprinkle them with a little salt and Parmesan.

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Bake them at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or till nice and golden brown.

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Serve them with a little warmed marinara for dipping.

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They make a great party appetizer or serve them alongside your next Italian inspired meal. They are warm and delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 knots


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 can (11 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated Original Breadsticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jarred marinara sauce


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. In small microwavable bowl, melt butter with minced garlic on High for 30 seconds or until completely melted. Stir in olive oil, basil and oregano; set aside.
  • Remove dough from canister and separate into 12 breadsticks. Twist and tie each breadstick into a “knot-like” ball; place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Lightly brush butter-herb mixture evenly over top of each knot. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with warmed marinara dipping sauce.
  • Adapted from Pillsbury

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