This recipe for Cheesy Bread Sticks With Marinara Sauce will smell so delicious when you are baking it, that it will be hard to wait!
Cheesy Bread Sticks
Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes until foamy (unless using instant dry yeast, in which case proceed directly to the next step).
Add sugar, milk, and salt, and mix.
Add enough flour to form a moderately stiff dough so that it is not sticky to the touch. May need up to 1/2 more flour.
Knead the dough until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into the size and shape of your baking pan (about 13×18-inches).
Spread half of the butter onto the bottom of the pan and then place the dough into the pan. Let rise in warm, draft-free place for 15 minutes.
Spread remaining butter on the top of the dough.
Top dough with cheese and optional toppings or leave it plain.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cut into breadsticks and serve with marinara sauce.
Homemade Marinara Sauce
In a large saucepan or deep skillet, warm the olive oil at low heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the basil.
Pour in the tomatoes with their juices, bring the sauce to a boil, and then add the Kosher salt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 45 to 50 minutes. As the sauce thickens toward the end, stir in the balsamic vinegar. Remove the pan from heat.Let cool enough to dip the breadsticks into.