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Rosemary Bread

This Macaroni Grill copycat Rosemary Bread is the perfect bread to pair with any kind of pasta. Fresh rosemary makes this fragrant, soft bread the star of the show! Plus, it makes two loaves so call it freezer friendly and have one waiting for you whenever you want it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rising time2 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 1 cup warm water, divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more for brushing the top of the bread, greasing the pan, and serving)
  • 2 1/2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (optional, for sprinkling on top of the bread)
  • freshly ground black pepper (optional, for serving with olive oil)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1/4 cup of warm water, 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast, and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Let sit for about five minutes until the yeast is frothy.
  • Add the remaining 3/4 cup of warm water along with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 1/2 cups of the flour, 3 tablespoons of chopped, fresh rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Mix on medium speed with the paddle attachment until everything is smooth. Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining cup of flour.
  • Knead with the dough hook on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour if needed so that dough becomes barely sticky to the touch.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and cover with a tea towel or loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until more than doubled, 1-2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface. Divide into two equal portions and shape into balls.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil and place the balls of dough on the sheet, evenly spaced apart. Allow to rise, uncovered, until more than doubled, 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. When oven is heated, insert the bread and bake for ten minutes. Then remove briefly from the oven to brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Let cool slightly before serving with extra virgin olive oil sprinkled with freshly ground pepper.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.4mg