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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quick and Easy Basic Hummus

     This is one of those simple recipes that it almost seems silly to share.  But it is a good one, and it seems MiMi and I both come here to find recipes because it is so much easier that digging them up out of recipe boxes or remembering which book you found it in.  So I am putting it here as much for us as I am for you.  But you can certainly make it too! ;-)

      This recipe is for a basic hummus.  From here you can do all of the customizing you want.  Do you like roasted peppers in your hummus?  Throw them in!  Do you want to keep the vampires away?  Add more garlic!  Do you want a milder but still more pronounced garlic flavor?  Roast a head first and then throw in as much as you'd like.  If you don't want to throw off the balance of the hummus itself, you can go crazy with the garnish.  A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil is great, but you can go all out with fresh herbs, tomatoes, onions, feta.  There are so many fun things you could try.  It is really hard to go wrong.

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     I served this batch just as a simple hummus mostly because I made homemade pita to dip in there and I wanted to taste the pita too.  They worked so well together.  But now that I've made homemade pita twice in a week, I am ready to spice up the hummus.  What are your favorite ways to make hummus?

Quick and Easy Basic Hummus


1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic
3 T tahini
1-2 T lemon juice
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4-1/2 cup water

Great garnish options: parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, a bit of onion, red pepper flakes, tomatoes etc.

  1. Place all ingredients but the water into a food processor.
  2. Process until mostly smooth.  Drizzle in water a bit at a time and continue to process until you get the desired consistency.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use, but I like it best served at room temperature.  So, pull it out a little while before you plan to serve.


  1. I wish I knew why I have never tried making hummus, I love it!
    Need to use your recipe to get me making this myself!

    1. It is so easy and then you can customize it! The trick is finding a brand of chickpeas you like. I have tried a few that I didn't love. Aldi has an organic version that comes out seasonally and I stock up when they have them. They are my favorite!!

  2. I love hummus! I need to make it more often. When does the aldi brand come out? Fall?


    1. It must be fall, it's been a while and I am down to 1 can!!! Next time I'm buying a few cases. I am pretty sure they have regular ones too, but I really love the texture of the organic ones and they have been consistently good for under a dollar a can! I've had a few cans of different brands of chickpeas that have been mushy and slimy so I can appreciate the consistent quality of these ones.


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