Garlic Knots with Pizza Dough

These Garlic Knots made with store-bought pizza dough are the easiest, most delicious garlic bread to serve with your favorite pasta recipe. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside they are buttery and garlicky and oh so delicious!

They also pair beautifully with my Shrimp Scampi Pasta recipe, my Creamy Chicken Florentine Recipe or my Creamy Tuscan Chicken Gnocchi Recipe. 

a white platter piled with freshly baked garlic knots

Why You'll Love This:

  • This recipe comes together so quickly and easily thanks to the store-bought pizza dough! My favorite brand is the Wolfgang Puck's Pizza Dough found at Gelson's or the Trader Joe's Pizza Dough
  • If you can't get good quality store-bought dough sometimes your local pizzeria will sell it to you, or you can make your own. Follow my Easy Pizza Dough Recipe.
  • They are so buttery and garlicky and all the flavor ends up settling in to the knot, they pair beautifully with pasta or soup!
  • They are delicious with my Potato and Leek Soup, my Chicken Tortellini Soup or my Creamy Broccoli Soup.

a baked garlic knots with garlic and spices

Ingredients:

  • Store-Bought Pizza Dough These garlic knots work best with pizza dough that is fresh. Ideally, buy the dough the day you plan to make these. Otherwise flat dough will create flat and overly chewy garlic knots. 
  • Olive Oil The olive oil keeps the pizza dough soft in the center and prevents them from becoming too hard and overly crispy.
  • Butter The butter adds additional flavor to the garlic knots and pairs so well with the garlic and seasoning.
  • Salt and Pepper these knots are best when they have a nice kick of salt and spicy pepper. For additional flavor, you could also add red pepper flakes too.
  • Italian Seasoning I've found with this recipe the dried herbs work better over the fresh herbs since the dried herbs have a more pronounced flavor.
  • Garlic I'm a garlic lover so I add 2 cloves but you can pull it back to one clove if desired and they will still be good!

Pizza dough, oil, butter garlic and spices on a counter

Step#1: Creating the Dough Knots

  • You'll begin by cutting the dough into 4 equal pieces and rolling it out gently on a floured surface.
  • Then cut each quadrant of dough into 4 strips roughly around 3-4 inches long.
  • Roll the strips into ropes and then tie them into a knot.

pizza dough being cut into dough knots

Step#2: Butter and Oil the Knots First

  • Once all the knots have been formed, place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
  • Then combine the olive oil and melted butter and gently brush the knots before baking
  • This will keep the knots tender on the inside after they are baked

dough knots being brushed with melted butter

Step#3: Brushing on the Garlic Butter

  • Once the knots are baked and golden brown, add the garlic and the seasonings to the butter and oil mixture
  • Brush the knots liberally with the garlic butter and serve immediately
  • At this stage, you might be thinking why not just brush the garlic butter on the knots right away before baking?
  • Well, I've tried that and the garlic burns before the dough is fully baked inside. So it works out much better this way.

Garlic Knots brushed with melted butter on a sheet pan

For a Garlic Knot Sauce

  • These are also great as an appetizer and pair well with spicy tomato sauce.
  • Just heat a 15 ounce can of pure tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper, another garlic clove, minced, and some red pepper flakes
  • Serve in a small bowl with the garlic knots on the side

For a Cheesy Garlic Knot

  • Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving
  • Or keep the garlic knots on the baking tray after brushing with the garlic butter
  • Then sprinkle with freshly grated mozzarella cheese, and place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts.

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Garlic Knots with Pizza Dough

Garlic Knots with Pizza Dough

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Delicious garlic knots made with store-bought pizza dough. Serve with your favorite pasta dinner or as an appetizer with spicy tomato sauce or pesto.

Ingredients

  • 1 ball store-bought Pizza Dough
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place your store-bought pizza dough on a floured surface.
  2. Knead the dough to make it more elastic and then roll it out and cut it into four equal pieces.
  3. Then take each piece and cut it into four slices.
  4. Then roll each slice into a long rope long enough to form it into a knot.
  5. Place the 16 knots on a parchment-lined cookie sheet
  6. Combine the melted butter and the olive oil and brush each knot with this mixture
  7. Bake the knots at 450°F for 13 minutes
  8. Meanwhile, to the butter and oil mixture add two cloves of minced garlic 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste
  9. Once the knots come out of the oven brush each one with the garlic butter and serve!

Notes

For a Garlic Knot Sauce

  • These are also great as an appetizer and pair well with spicy tomato sauce.
  • Just heat a 15 ounce can of pure tomato sauce, season with salt and pepper, another garlic clove, minced, and some red pepper flakes
  • Serve in a small bowl with the garlic knots on the side

For a Cheesy Garlic Knot

  • Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving
  • Or keep the garlic knots on the baking tray after brushing with the garlic butter
  • Then sprinkle with freshly grated mozzarella cheese, and place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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12 Comments

  1. These were so easy and so good! I can't believe how many times I've picked these up from a restaurant to serve with pasta at home. This recipe is perfect.

  2. These are absolutely delicious! A local restaurant serves these but you only get 2 on to go orders. This recipe solves that issue bc now I can have 16 for the price of a can of pizza dough!! My son loved these and I plan to make more. For canned dough bake for 10 min bc they come out smaller. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much Beth! I made your cheesy version last night and they were wonderful! It’s going to be a fun project to make with the grandkids too! As usual, all your recipes are fantastic!
    Many, many thanks!

    1. Hmm I'm not sure what "bread roll" is but if it's a dough that bakes up like bread I bet it would πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you so much Beth! I made your cheesy version last night and they were wonderful! It’s going to be a fun project to make with the grandkids too! As usual, all your recipes are fantastic!
      Many, many thanks!