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Roasted Garlic Hummus served with pita bread.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus


Delicious creamy roasted garlic hummus is easy to make at home with this easy recipe! Enjoy this healthy appetizer with a combination of warm pita bread and a bevy of colorful fresh veggies.


  • 2 15.5-ounce cans garbanzo beans, reserve 1/2 cup of liquid then drain off the rest
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons baking soda (to ease removal of chickpea skins)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus more for drizzling over the finished product)
  • 4 roasted garlic cloves (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup chickpea liquid (or a bit more, as needed)
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Garnishes: Roasted bell pepper, garbanzo beans, chopped parsley, olive oil



Removal of the skins on your garbanzo beans (chickpeas) will create a much creamier hummus than if the skins are left on.  To remove the skins, place the drained chickpeas in a wide skillet. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons baking soda to the pan. Heat the beans over medium heat for about 3-1/2 minutes while constantly stirring them. Transfer the beans to a colander. Rinse the garbanzo beans well to remove the baking soda. As you rinse them, vigorously rub the beans between your hands. You’ll notice that the skins will start coming off. Place the beans in a bowl of cold water and continue rubbing the beans with your hands until the majority of the skins have been removed. Drain off the water and continue the removal process using your fingertips.


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the skinless chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, roasted cloves of garlic, cumin and paprika. Pulse until hummus is creamy and smooth. The mixture will be thick. Turn off the machine and have a taste test.
  2. Add some of the reserved chickpea liquid to the hummus to thin it out. You may also want to add a bit more lemon juice as well. It’s just personal preference! Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse again. Make any needed flavor adjustments. At this point you may wish to add in a touch more tahini or even another clove or two of roasted garlic.
  3. Transfer the hummus to a wide bowl. With the back of a spoon, create a spiral design on the surface of the hummus. Drizzle olive oil on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Add a few garbanzo beans on top as well as a few slightly twisted strips of roasted red bell pepper.



  1. How long will hummus stay fresh? Store your homemade hummus in an air-tight container and place it in the refrigerator. Your hummus will stay fresh for up to four days.
  2. How do you make creamy hummus? For creamier hummus, remove the skins of your cooked (canned) garbanzo beans.
  3. What do you do with hummus? Serve hummus as an appetizer with pita bread, pretzels or veggies. Use hummus to make deviled eggs by mashing the yolks with hummus. As a healthier sandwich option, use hummus instead of mayonnaise and mustard. Pair up hummus with your favorite Mediterranean dishes.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack, Lunch
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Greek, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Keywords: homemade hummus, roasted garlic hummus, garlic hummus recipe