Plain ‘ole simple hummus with fresh-baked pita bread absolutely hit the spot for me.

The hummus itself was super easy to make, and only set me back about $8. A chunk of the costs was due to the Tahini paste, which was totally worth it because I can make 8 more batches with it.

This recipe is a great base for layering on more flavors. I’m already thinking about jalapeno-cream cheese and of course, roasted red pepper. I’m definitely making hummus more often around the house.


  • 1 14-oz can of garbanzo beans, drained (reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Dash of cumin and cayenne
  • Salt
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of Tahini
  • Olive oil

In a food processor, combine the beans, liquid, juice of 1 lemon, garlic cloves, Tahini, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Pulse until smooth. Taste for extra lemon juice or seasonings. I added quite a bit of cumin and cayenne.

Serve cold with some olive oil drizzled on top. Sprinkle cayenne on top if desired.

Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  

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