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    Homemade Hummus with Roasted Garlic and Flat Bread

    Published May 22, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Once you try this easy to make homemade hummus recipe from scratch, you will never buy it from the store again.

    I’m a sucker for a good dip so whether we’ve got guests over or I’m just watching a game, I’ll either have a beer cheese dip or even a smoked salmon dip always at my side.

    plate of swirled homemade hummus with olive oil and parsley

    What is Hummus

    Hummus is a delicious chickpea-based dip that originated in the Middle East region during the 13th century.  This classic recipe is featured across menus at restaurants across the world and of course can be found at your local grocery store.

    As I always say, there is no substitute for homemade anything, and even something home-cooked as simple as this hummus recipe is far superior to anything you’re going to buy pre-made.  Here are the ingredients needed to make this recipe:

    • Chickpeas – also known as garbanzo beans, grow on a small plant are usually dried or canned before being sold. You can use either version to make a hummus recipe.
    • Tahini – This finely ground sesame seed paste is a staple in this dip.
    • Garlic – While some use raw garlic in this dip, I believe roasted garlic takes it over the top.
    • Lemon Juice – The acid will help cut the strong tahini and chickpea flavors.
    • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil will add some much-needed fat to this recipe.
    • Salt – I always prefer to use coarse sea salt but you can use whatever you feel comfortable using.
    • Cayenne – While it is classic to finish off hummus, or hummous, with cayenne feel free to skip if it’s too spicy for you.

    How to Make Hummus

    Follow these easy steps to making this delicious dip (print the recipe below):

    1. Submerge some dried chickpeas in cold water and let them sit overnight. I like for the water to cover the chickpeas by at least 4 inches.
    dried chickpeas in a container soaking in water
    1. Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a pot and add in cold water until it is covering the garbanzo beans by about 2 inches.
    filling up a pot with water and garbanzo beans
    1. Bring them to a boil over high heat and then simmer for 30-40 minutes over low heat or until tender.
    chickpeas boiling in a large pot
    1. Drain the cooked garbanzo beans and transfer to a pot or bowl and cover them with cold water.
    drained cooked garbanzo beans
    1. Place your hands into the pot or bowl and move the chickpeas around, irritating them so that the outside shell falls off (see the video). Scoop up the shells using a hands trainer and remove. While this step is not necessary will make your hummus so much creamier and delicious.
    cooked garbanzo beans shells being removed from water
    1. Drain the chickpeas and set aside. if you are using canned chickpeas, all you need to do is drain them and they are ready to use.
    draining shelled and cooked chickpeas
    1. While the chickpeas are cooking, add some garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil to a small size saucepot and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes or until soft and very browned. Yes, there will be plenty of leftover roasted garlic and roasted garlic olive oil to use in other recipes.
    garlic cloves roasting in a pot of olive oil
    1. Drain the roasted garlic from the olive oil.
    straining roasted garlic and olive oil
    1. Add the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse on high speed until it becomes a very thick paste.
    chickpeas blending in a food processor
    1. Next, add in the tahini, lemon juice, roasted garlic cloves, and salt and process at low speed while drizzling in some roasted garlic olive oil until very smooth. This will take about 2-4 minutes.
    adding olive oil to a food processor of hummus
    1. Serve with olive oil, cayenne, and chopped parsley
    sprinkling parsley and cayenne pepper onto a plate of hummus

    Variations

    There are several different variations of hummus that you can make and all you really do, is add in the extra main ingredients while food processing the hummus to alter the flavors.  Here are some of those variations:

    • Roasted Red Pepper
    • Avocado
    • Roasted Garlic
    • Pine Nut
    • Beet
    • Pea
    • Bean

    What to Serve It With

    Hummus is usually served alongside other small dishes and main entrees.  I personally enjoy eating hummus with some warm pita, but this is a dip meant for dippers so here are some options:

    • Pita Chips
    • Pretzels
    • Bell Peppers
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Cauliflower
    • Cucumbers

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time, simply keep cool and covered before serving.

    How to Store: Keep covered and in the refrigerator for 6-7 days.  This will not freeze well.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • You can absolutely skip the soaking and cooking of the dried chickpeas for canned and drained garbanzo beans.
    • Substitute the olive oil in the recipe for some water if you are looking for it to be on the healthier side.
    • To make roasted garlic, cook 1 ½ cups of garlic cloves in 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil over low heat for 30-40 minutes or until soft and very browned.
    • You may need to adjust the flavor with more tahini, lemon juice, or salt.
    plate of homemade hummus with olive oil and pita bread

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    Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe from Scratch

    5 from 8 votes
    Once you try this easy to make homemade hummus recipe from scratch, you will never buy it from the store again, it's that delicious!
    Servings: 12
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes

    Equipment

    • food processor

    Ingredients 

    • 4 ½ cups of cooked dried chickpeas or 4 1/2 cups canned – see notes
    • ½ cup tahini
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 1/3 cup roasted garlic
    • ¼ cup roasted garlic olive oil – see notes on how to make
    • sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Add the chickpeas to a food processor and pulse on high speed until it forms a thick paste
    • Next, add in the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and process over low heat for 2-4 minutes while drizzling in the roasted garlic olive oil until very smooth.
    • Serve with on a plate with a drizzle of olive oil, cayenne, and optional chopped parsley.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Submerge some dried chickpeas in cold water and let them sit overnight. I like for the water to cover the chickpeas by at least 4 inches. Drain the chickpeas and transfer to a pot and add in cold water until it is covering the garbanzo beans by about 2 inches. Also add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Bring them to a boil over high heat and then simmer for 30-40 minutes over low heat or until tender. Drain the cooked garbanzo beans and transfer to a pot or bowl and cover them with cold water.
     
    • Place your hands into the pot or bowl and move the chickpeas around, irritating them so that the outside shell falls off. Scoop up the shells using a hands trainer and remove. While this step is not necessary will make your hummus so much creamier and delicious. Drain the chickpeas and set aside. if you are using canned chickpeas, all you need to do is drain them and they are ready to use.
     
    • Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 days ahead of time, simply keep cool and covered before serving.
     
    • How to Store: Keep covered and in the refrigerator for 6-7 days. This will not freeze well.
     
    • You can absolutely skip the soaking and cooking of the dried chickpeas for canned and drained garbanzo beans.
     
    • Substitute the olive oil in the recipe for some water if you are looking for it to be on the healthier side.
     
    • To make roasted garlic, cook 1 ½ cups of garlic cloves in 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil over low heat for 30-40 minutes or until soft and very browned.
     
    • You may need to adjust the flavor with more tahini, lemon juice, or salt.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 16gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 717mgFiber: 14gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 57IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 5mg
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Indian