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Twisted Pizza Breadsticks

We love this simple snack idea that’s easy and family-friendly.

Twisted pizza breadsticks are made with a tube of pizza crust, pizza sauce, cheese and a few simple herbs.

Twisted pizza breadsticks stacked on top of eachother on a white plate with a bowl of pizza sauce.

Easy Pizza Breadsticks

There are so many fun ways to use refrigerated pizza crust in homemade recipes. Recently, I made homemade pizza pockets which were a total hit with the whole family.

  • This is a quick and easy recipe that the kids can help put together with you.
  • The ingredients are simple and budget-friendly.
  • Most kids love pizza – so these are an automatic win in most households.
  • There’s nothing quite like fresh pizza crust, warm and straight from the oven!

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Ingredients to make the recipe on counter including tube of pizza crust, bowl of shredded mozzarella, pizza sauce, herbs and pepperoni slices.

Recipe Ingredients

CRUST: Pick up a tube of refrigerated pizza crust at the store. It’s easy and saves time.

FILLING: Buy a can of pizza sauce or use pasta sauce. Grate some mozzarella cheese or use cheddar cheese if you prefer.

PEPPERONI: You can use thinly sliced pepperoni, turkey pepperoni, pepperoni sausage (and slice yourself) or salami.

TOPPINGS: Once twisted, a few toppings are sprinkled on top to add flavor to the crust. You’ll need a bit of olive oil, dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder. Lastly, parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top. Feel free to use fresh or container versions from the store.

Recipe Variations

Try substituting pepperoni for your favorite sliced meat, salami, turkey, ham, chorizo, or any other favorites.

Any additions to the inside of the pizza breadsticks need to be small. This makes it easy to seal and twist. For example, crust pineapple, finely chopped bell pepper, feta cheese, or fresh basil would work.

Four images showing steps to make the recipe: Pizza dough in rectangle sliced in half with sauce on one side, mozzarella and pepperoni slices on top, other dough placed on top and then sliced into 1 inch strips, breadsticks twisted and baked on a baking sheet.

How To Make Twisted Pizza Breadsticks

Here are the basics to make this EASY pizza breadstick recipe!

  1. Roll out the tube pizza dough slice it in half lengthwise.
  2. Add pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese to one side of the dough according to the recipe instructions below.
  3. Place the empty dough on top, slice into 1″ strips, seal edges, and twist.
  4. Sprinkle herbs and cheese on top.
  5. Bake until edges are golden brown.

To serve, add to a plate along with a small bowl of pizza sauce or marinara. Dip the breadsticks into the sauce as you eat them.

Storing Leftovers

These will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can reheat in the oven or microwave.

Fingers dipping the breadstick in pizza sauce with cheese and parsley in background.

Tips For Breadsticks

  • Roll out the dough onto a large cutting board or clean counter space. If you place it directly on the baking sheet with parchment, it tends to stick.
  • If the dough is misshapen, cut edges into a rectangle shape. It’s okay if edges are slightly wavy.
  • Use a pizza cutter to make dough slices – it’s much easier than a knife.
  • Use inside filling ingredients sparingly. As you twist the breadsticks they will naturally squeeze out the edges. Less is more with this recipe.
  • Twist the breadsticks two times and add them to a baking sheet. You might need to use 2 baking sheets. It’s okay to bake them both at the same time. If possible, place them on the same rack in the oven.
  • Brush the tops of the breadsticks with oil. I used olive oil, but any cooking oil will work for this. Butter or cooking oil spray are also options.

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Twisted Pizza Breadsticks

We love this simple snack idea that's easy and family-friendly.
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Servings: 13 breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 tube pizza crust
  • cup pizza sauce - or pasta sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • cup pepperoni slices - chopped
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Roll out the dough into a rectangle and slice in half. Spread the pizza sauce on one side of the dough.
  • Add chopped pepperoni and grated mozzarella cheese. Place the other half on top the pizza side. Slice into 1" strips.
  • Use a fork to press down the sides of each breadstick. Twist two times and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle parmesan cheese, dried oregano, dried basil, and garlic powder on top.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

Recipe Notes:

  • Roll out the dough onto a large cutting board or clean counter space. If you place it directly on the baking sheet with parchment, it tends to stick.
  • If the dough is misshapen, cut edges into a rectangle shape. It’s okay if edges are slightly wavy.
  • Use a pizza cutter to make dough slices – it’s much easier than a knife.
  • Use inside filling ingredients sparingly. As you twist the breadsticks they will naturally squeeze out the edges. Less is more with this recipe.
  • Twist the breadsticks two times and add them to a baking sheet. You might need to use 2 baking sheets. It’s okay to bake them both at the same time. If possible, place them on the same rack in the oven.
  • Brush the tops of the breadsticks with oil. I used olive oil, but any cooking oil will work for this. Butter or cooking oil spray are also options.
Nutrition
Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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