I had never tried hummus until it was introduced to me by a friend in college.  Since then, I haven’t made one trip to Trader Joe’s without buying a tub of it.  Its perfect to eat with anything – as a spread on sandwiches, with veggies or pita chips, the list goes on…

I have been telling myself for years that I would make my own hummus, but I’ve put it off until today.  Unfortunately, I ran into a tiny hitch.  I started the process of making this fresh basil hummus, and then realized I had no tahini!  Um, major fail.  Fortunately, I am obsessed with sesame seeds and had a huge Costco container of them sitting in my cabinets.  And tahini, as you know, is just sesame seed paste.  Generally, the tahini you buy in stores is made with hulled sesame seeds, making it smoother and lighter colored.  If you make it at home with unhulled sesame seeds, it will be darker in color with a richer flavor (and potentially more bitterness).  I used this recipe to make the tahini I used in this basil hummus.

I also used a little less basil than I had originally intended, because I didn’t want Matt to be tuned off by the green – and this was our dinner, so I didn’t want him to go hungry.  If you use the full amount yours will end up with a more intense green hue.  And, if you want to go full out homemade awesomeness, try some pita chips.  I am seriously in love with these easy, home made pita chips, and I will never eat store-bought again!

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


[directions title=”Directions”]

  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas.  Add chickpeas and garlic to the bowl of food processor.  Run the food processor for several minutes, scraping down the side of bowl as needed.
  2. Add the tahini and lemon to the puree and process briefly to combine.  Add the basil and continue to process, scraping down the side of bowl as needed.
  3. While the food processor is running, drizzle in ice water to loosen the hummus until it reaches the desired consistency.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Basil Hummus

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