Take and bake pizzas are some of the most popular everyday items Aldi sells. They’re convenient and easy to cook on a busy weeknight or on weekends when you’re potentially exhausted and/or want to cheat a bit on your healthy eating goals. (Fun fact: our take and bake pizza posts get more views on weekends.)
Aldi take and bake pizzas are easy to freeze for later baking, and they come in varieties to please every palate, including sausage and pepperoni, five cheese, uncured pepperoni with cauliflower crust, supreme, and mega meat.
But Aldi sells more than just pizzas in its take and bake aisle. The discount grocer also offers various types of flatbreads with different toppings, and they sell cheesy bread sticks.
Today, we’re looking at Aldi take and bake cheesy bread sticks. And who can resist cheesy bread sticks? They’re the ultimate add-on to a takeout pizza order. With Aldi, you can enjoy takeout-style pizza similar to what you’d get from a restaurant for a fraction of the cost, and that even includes that favorite side item: the cheesy bread sticks.
Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Cheesy Bread Sticks cost $4.39 for an 18.75-ounce package at the time of publication.
The package states this is made with real cheese. If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains milk and wheat.
This isn’t a health food, but that should not surprise anyone. One package has nine servings. A two-breadstick serving (59 grams) will net you 170 calories, 6 grams of total fat (8% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), 480 mg of sodium (21% DV), 22 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), and 7 grams of protein.
The box has instructions for baking the breadsticks in a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the thawed cheesy breadsticks from the cardboard tray and plastic wrapper. Place the cheese breadsticks on the middle rack of the oven. (I used a baking sheet.) Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes. Then cut, serve, and enjoy.
My initial impressions when I opened the cheesy bread package — and my husband remarked on this as well — is that there is not as much cheese as we’d like on this cheesy bread. I hoped that perhaps as the bread baked the cheese would melt and spread out, but there are plenty of bare spots on these cheesy bread sticks after they’ve baked.
These bread sticks are scored into slices, but they don’t pull apart easily, so I used a pizza cutter to slice them completely, more or less along the scored lines, after baking.
My family enjoyed these, but we definitely felt like they were skimpy on the cheese, and it would have been nice to have some pizza sauce or garlic dipping sauce included in the package. It would be easy to make our own garlic butter or open a jar of pizza sauce to serve on the side, though. If I make these bread sticks in the future, I’ll probably add some extra shredded mozzarella prior to baking, which would make these just about perfect. As they are, they’re all right.
Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Cheesy Bread Sticks are sold alongside all of the Aldi take and bake pizzas in the store’s deli section. We felt these would have benefitted from having more cheese, but they aren’t bad. We recommend sprinkling on some extra shredded cheese before baking these bread sticks, and maybe melt some of your own butter with some garlic to serve as a dipping sauce. With a little doctoring, you can serve these cheesy bread sticks alongside an Aldi take and bake pizza for a complete pizza night that rivals what you might buy from a restaurant.