Rosemary Bread {Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe}

June 27, 2013

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The main reason I go to Macaroni Grill is for their warm, freshly baked rosemary bread. I eat so much of it that by the time my entree comes I’m not really hungry anymore. I’m sure they are thinking; seriously this girl wants another loaf?

Why yes, don’t mind if I do thank you…and another one after that please :). Unfortunately I don’t live very close to a Macaroni Grill so I had to learn how to make the bread at home.

Copycat Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread | Cooking Classy

I used fresh rosemary in this recipe but if you don’t have fresh you could substitute 1 1/2 Tbsp dried crushed rosemary.

You could also add in some roasted garlic to the bread dough or add some fresh garlic to the dipping oil for another layer of flavor.

And yes, just be sure you do serve it with the pepper oil for dipping – it’s the second best part. Hopefully this incredibly fluffy and flavorful bread will find it’s way to your dinner menu soon because you’re going to love it! Enjoy!

Copycat Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

4.93 from 13 votes

Rosemary Bread {Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe}

Once you try this easy bread recipe you'll be hooked! It has the perfect amount of fresh rosemary and it's amazingly delicious served warm with peppery olive oil for dipping.
Servings: 12
Prep20 minutes
Cook25 minutes
Rise3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1/4-oz packet)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil , divided, plus more for serving
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper , for serving

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whisk together 1/4 cup water, yeast and sugar until yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, remaining 3/4 cup warm water, 1 1/2 cups flour, the rosemary and fine salt and using the paddle attachment blend mixture until combined.
  • Switch attachment on stand mixer to a hook attachment, add in 1 cup more flour and knead mixture on medium speed until smooth an elastic, adding additional flour as needed if dough is sticking to bowl.
  • Cover bowl and allow to rest in a warm place until more than doubled, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
  • Scoop dough out and divide into two equal portions. Grease a rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  • Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and shape dough portions into ovals while folding tops into middle, tucking and pinching seams to build structure. 
  • Transfer to prepared baking sheet spacing evenly apart and allow to rest, uncovered, until more than doubled about 1 1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees during last 10 minutes of rising.
  • Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, the remove from oven and brush loaves with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle tops evenly with kosher salt.
  • Return to oven and bake 10 - 15 minutes longer until golden brown. Serve warm with a mixture of olive oil and freshly ground black pepper for dipping.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Food Network
Nutrition Facts
Rosemary Bread {Macaroni Grill Copycat Recipe}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 244mg11%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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103 Comments

  • Peter

    This recipe is perfect. I am so glad I found it! Tastes exactly like it came from the restaurant. The dough needs to stay wet so don’t add two much flour. I used 2 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons, until it did not stick to the sides of the bowl. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Tracy

    This bread is SO good! I made it to go with pasta fagioli I made for dinner. I thought the recipe looked pretty easy because I’m not very experienced at baking bread. It was easy and my family and I loved it. I followed the recipe exactly. We poured dipping sauce with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a plate like Macaroni Grill used to serve. We all agreed it is even better than Macaroni Grill. Highly recommend. Thanks for sharing!

  • Terri

    This is an excellent recipe! I made this to go with some pasta fagioli soup that I made for dinner. The recipe looked pretty easy to me because I’m not very experienced at baking bread. My family loved it! We all agreed that it’s even better than Macaroni Grill bread. We made the dipping sauce with olive oil and a little balsamic like they used to do at MG. I followed the recipe exactly. Highly recommend!

  • Laura

    This bread is so amazing! Wondering if it can be frozen. If so, what would be the best wat to wrap it and thaw it? Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes it could be frozen. To do so wrap in aluminum foil then store in an airtight bag.

  • Yamill DeLeon

    Thank you for this recipe! I made the bread today for my family of 4 and it was gone in 5 minutes!! We loved it!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      So glad your family liked this bread Yamill! Thanks for leaving a review!

  • Dena Bower

    Where can we find yeast?? It seems people have bought up all the bread flour and yeast along with Lysol disinfectant sprays and wipes.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You’re best bet is to probably look online (looks like at the moment Amazon has some) or ask at the grocery store when they restock and try to check back then.

      • Marisol

        Absolutely delicious! I have a question though. Wondering why you didn’t use dry milk in the recipe as many bread recipes typically include. Also, have you tried using a bread maker instead?

        • Jaclyn

          Jaclyn Bell

          You don’t really need the extra flavor here, though it probably wouldn’t hurt to add some if you’d like to try it.