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A Simple Hummus

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

A Simple Hummus Recipe

What, no tahini? This hummus has only five simple ingredients: chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and olive oil, whirled briefly in a food processor. Adjust the amount of garlic to your personal taste (or that of your audience). And heat it up with a touch of cayenne, if you like. Hummus and fresh vegetables are a wonderful sandwich filling. And it's a delicious, garlicky spread for crackers or pita chips.

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At a glance

1 1/3 cups, about 12 servings


Choose your measure:

  • 15- to 20-ounce can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, liquid saved
  • 3 to 9 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons olive oil; or a combination of olive oil and reserved liquid from the beans


  1. Place the drained chickpeas, garlic, salt, and cumin in the work bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until the beans are very finely chopped. With the machine running, drizzle in the oil. If necessary, drizzle in just enough of the reserved chickpea liquid to make the mixture smooth.
  3. Remove from the processor, and refrigerate in a covered container until ready to serve. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley, if desired.