Macaroni Grill’s Rosemary Bread

This copycat version of Macaroni Grill’s Rosemary Bread is so good you’ll have a hard time waiting for it to come out of the oven. It’s a simple yeast bread, flavored with rosemary, cooked on a pizza stone, that tastes great dipped in oil or with a smear of butter.  And the best part, it’s so easy to make.

Rosemary Bread pin|2CookinMamas

If you have ever been to the Macaroni Grill chain of restaurants you have to know about their delicious rosemary bread. They serve it with olive oil and a little cracked pepper for dipping and it is absolutely addictive! This is one place I need to stay away from if I am on my little to no bread kick. Because, let me tell you, when that bread gets set on the table all hands grab for their piece before it is gone.

Rosemary Bread after rise|2CookinMamas

I have to say this rosemary bread comes pretty close to matching that awesome bread. And I can vouch for how good it was (notice the past tense) because by the time I took the picture there was only one loaf left.

Rosemary Bread in the oven|2CookinMamas

This recipe is simple enough even if you have never baked bread before.  Using a rapid rise yeast, instead of regular, the rising time is cut down to 1 period of about 2 hours and the rest is just a piece of cake (er, I mean bread)  Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

Rosemary Bread cooling | 2CookinMamas
Next time I am definitely doubling the quantity because it is soooo good and goes soooo fast!

Love making bread? My Easy French Bread and Irish Soda Bread are both simple to make and come out so good, they’re impossible to resist!

Macaroni Grill's Rosemary Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Rise Time
2 hrs
Total Time
26 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: baking, bread, recipe, rosemary
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 2 envelopes rapid rise yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves  + 2 teaspoons additional for garnish
  • Sea salt
  1. Combine all dry ingredients –  yeast, sugar, 2 cups flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat water to between 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients and knead either by machine for 5 minutes or on a floured surface by hand for 10 minutes, adding additional flour as needed so that dough is no longer tacky.
  3. Grease a large bowl and place dough into bowl, rolling to cover surface with oil to prevent it from drying out. Cover with towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Punch down dough and divide in half and shape into 2 oval loaves. Place on pizza stone sprinkled generously with cornmeal or a greased cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional rosemary. Cover with towel and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   Prior to baking, sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Makes 2 loaves.
Nutrition Facts
Macaroni Grill's Rosemary Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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