Basic Hummus Recipe -
Basic Hummus Recipe
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Basic Hummus

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"This basic recipe for hummus is quick and easy, and it tastes great with pita bread or veggies."

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Original recipe makes 1.5 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the garlic in olive oil for approximately 3 minutes, until tender.
  2. Place garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor with approximately 1 teaspoon reserved liquid. Process until smooth. Mix in the garlic, sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Blend to desired consistency, increasing the amount of reserved garbanzo bean liquid as desired. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

This is a good recipe for hummus, but is even better when you toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet until they pop, puree with the olive oil to make a drizzly paste, then add the rest of the stuff. I like to coat the top with olive oil and serve with toasted pita. Yummy! And good for you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

I felt the garlic was a bit strong, even though I love garlic. I added lemon juice and more bean juice as I blended because is seemed very thick to me. Next time I will add half the garlic and continue to use lemon juice to gain the texture I like...overall, it is a good recipe though.


75 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

This is an excellent recipe for basic hummus. It's very easy to add other ingredients if you want to try different flavors.

Jan 25, 2004

I always thought hummus was hard to make, so I never tried to make it until now. This recipe is so easy & it taste great. I multiplied this recipe by 4 & I had very little left over.

Jan 25, 2004

This is super quick and easy, and great for dipping veggies in. I reduced the oil to 1 tbsp. and used 4 cloves of garlic.

Jan 25, 2004

Will try adding spice next time i.e. basil, oregano

Jan 02, 2007

This was the first time I tried making hummus at home. Loved it!! Yes, it was a little plain - but it was a BASIC recipe. You can definitely use this one and add whatever you want.

Dec 16, 2006

I usually make the Hummus III recipe (which is excellent), but I was out of tahini and went looking for a different recipe without tahini. This one just didn't measure up.


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  • Calories
  • 53 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 70 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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