Easy Garlic Knots


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Easy Garlic Knots are the perfect accompaniment to pasta dishes, soups, stews, and chili. Or serve them as an appetizer with pasta sauce for dipping on game-day or family movie night.

Plus, it’s a little something different than the usual cornbread or muffins.

If you can’t make this recipe now Pin Easy Garlic Knots to make later.

Three garlic knots on a plate.

Ingredients for Easy Garlic Knots

With just five ingredients and a few minutes of your time, these garlic knots are in the oven as you finish up making dinner. These no-yeast garlic knots start with refrigerated pizza dough. They really can’t get any easier!

  • Refrigerated Pizza Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Parsley (can substitute Italian seasoning)
  • Kosher Salt

This is a fun recipe for the kids to help make. If you’ve ever enjoyed garlic knots in a restaurant, you can now make them at home.

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This is the Winter Freaky Friday event. My friend, Michaela, from the blog An Affair from the Heart, hosts and organizes these events.

I’ve been assigned Take Two Tapas for my blog. Jennifer is the owner and I just love her site. We enjoy appetizers often, especially with a glass of wine on a Friday after a long week. Or sometimes on weekends when we gather with our neighbors to catch up.

Jennifer is a boy mom, just like I am, so we are kindred spirits. I’ve stepped on my fair share or Legos myself! 

Easy garlic knots Twitter image.

I hope you’ll check out her site at well, especially if you like to entertain. You’re sure to find something perfect for your party.

I poured over the website trying to decide what to make for this installment of the blog hop. I considered butterscotch pretzel cookies because I could tuck them in a college care package for my son. 

I know the grilled citrus smash would be a hit of any summer party. Refreshing and fresh on a hot summer day.

Then I considered the pepperoni pizza pinwheels as a game day appetizer. They sound delicious but it wasn’t until I poked around a bit more that I found the garlic knots. Which are a family favorite when we dine out.

2022 Freaky Friday Winter Edition Recipes

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Homemade German Chocolate Cake
  2. Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
  3. Devour Dinner – Sweetie Pie’s Mac and Cheese
  4. Family Around the Table – Easy Garlic Knots
  5. Feast + West – Guinness Chocolate Cake with Irish Buttercream
  6. Fresh April Flours – Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits
  7. The Fresh Cooky – Easy Mini King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls
  8. Hostess at Heart – Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies
  9. House of Nash Eats – Pizza Casserole
  10. Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog – Cheesy Garlic Bread
  11. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Breakfast Chorizo Enchilada Bake 
  12. Life, Love & Good Food – Cheddar Cheese Popcorn
  13. The Speckled Palate – Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
  14. Sue Bee Homemaker – Cornbread Tamale Pie
  15. Take Two Tapas – Whipped Feta Dip
  16. The Wimpy Vegetarian – Spinach Madeline

I choose Jennifer’s Pizza Dough Garlic Knots because they are so versatile with winter dishes. She serves them as an appetizer with sauce for dipping. I served them with my classic baked ziti.

They are just like garlic knots we get at a favorite pizza parlor close to us. I knew they would be a hit with the family and I was right!

I wanted to purchase store-bought Italian seasoning, but could not find Italian seasoning at any of the 3 stores I visited. Jennifer has a recipe for Homemade Italian Seasoning but I could not find dried basil or dried marjoram either so I used just dried parsley.

Let’s Make Garlic Knots

Process shots of how to make easy garlic knots.

To make the garlic knots, you use refrigerated pizza dough, such as Pillsbury brand. You find it near the other refrigerated breads such as crescent rolls and biscuits.

  1. Open the package and lay the dough on a cutting board.
  2. With the long side of the dough rectangle towards you, cut the dough into eight equal pieces. I find the easiest way to do this is to start by cutting it in half, then each half in half and then one more time to get eight pieces.
  3. Then cut in half horizontally so you have 16 pieces.
  4. Take each piece and roll into a long rope and twist around like a pretzel. You could actually knot it if you want.
  5. Place each knot on a baking sheet and bake.
  6. Dip warm knots in the garlic and parsley mixture and serve.

A baked garlic knot in the garlic mixture.

I served these garlic knots on pasta night and they disappeared. By disappeared I mean gone in less than 5 minutes. And I only have one teenager at home now that the other is at college.

All of us decided this recipe is a keeper and that next time I should double it. Especially if I’m making it as an appetizer for game day.

An overhead photo of a pasta dish, salad and garlic knots in a dinner setting.

Easy Garlic Knots

Serve garlic knots as a side to any pasta dish.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16


  • 1 package 13.8 oz refrigerated pizza dough, such as Pillsbury brand
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to temp listed on the package of dough.
  • In a deep bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, and dried parsley. Unroll the pizza dough and cut into 8 strips and then cut those in half so you have 16 pieces.
  • Roll each piece like a pretzel and place it on a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with salt. Bake until golden brown (or according to package directions.)When knots are done, remove them from the oven and add them to the bowl containing the oil mixture.
  • Toss to cover the warm knots.
  • You can serve with dipping sauce, I use a spicy marinara, or you can eat just like they are!

Recipe Notes

Substitute Italian seasoning for the dried parsley.

Garlic knots Pinterest image.

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  1. These would be hugely popular at our house! And so easy with the use of pre-made pizza dough! I’ve had good luck using Trader Joe’s dough too.

  2. I am going to have some happy kiddos tomorrow when I make these Garlic Knots! Genius idea to use the refrigerated pizza dough. Looks INCREDIBLE!

  3. 5 stars
    These garlic knots are amazing and I love how easy they are to make with refrigerated dough! I’ll be making these often 🙂

  4. What a perfect accompaniment to any garlicky dinner! We paired these with pasta this weekend and LOVED how delicious and easy these were. We’ll definitely make them again.

  5. 5 stars
    These garlic knots were simple yet unbelievably delicious! They were gone in minutes with my boys being home. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Ellen!

  6. I love that you made this recipe! My mom has been making them most of my life when she made them at our family restaurant. I love how easy they are and they always disappear. Those boys sure do love to eat before they eat LOL!

  7. Such a smart shortcut to use refrigerated pizza dough! These sound amazing and I’m going to have to make them to go with some soup next week.

  8. I love to bake bread, but never have the time it seems. So these little garlic knots are perfect for me. They look easy (yay!) and delicious!!

  9. Nothing better than pasta night! And I mean, what’s spaghetti without garlic (knots) bread?!? Giving these a try for our next pasta night for sure!

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