Tuesday, June 18, 2013

White Bean Basil Hummus

Last summer, I attempted to grow some herbs using a "seed starter kit" with packets of seeds and little pots that I found at Lowe's. It went really, really poorly. It produced exactly zero herbs. It was quite sad.

This year, I was determined to grow something, so I went with a basil plant that was already producing leaves. I figured starting with something that was already alive and growing was probably a better bet for me. I planted it in the ground near our patio, and I've diligently watered it and kept an eye on it ever since. Perhaps not too diligently, as it appears the bugs have been enjoying feasting on several of the leaves, but pretty diligently. I've been rewarded with a plant that is growing feverishly!

Last night, I christened my plant by picking off some of the biggest, brightest leaves. I knew exactly what I wanted to make with my first crop - white bean basil hummus. I've seen variations of this dip on several blogs in several places lately, but I used this recipe as my inspiration. I say inspiration, because I pretty much just read her recipe, then starting throwing things into the food processor. No measurements here, just eyeballs - and it worked out beautifully.

White Bean Basil Hummus
inspired by Ambitious Kitchen

  • 1 15 oz can of cannellini (white) beans
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4-6 large basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
I included basic measurements above, but again - I eyeballed everything: a few spoonfuls of garlic, splash or two of lemon juice, a "1 - 2 - 3" count of olive oil... this is such an easy recipe!

Throw all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until the mixture is chunky and just starting to come together. Then, while food processor is running, drizzle in olive oil and let run until combined and it reaches the consistency you like. I left mine just a little chunky - you might like it completely smooth.

Eat with carrots, celery, pita chips, spread on sandwiches... or straight off a spoon, like I did.  


This is completely adaptable - I think next time I will add more garlic (because I love it) and maybe a bit more basil (because I also love it). I think it could use a hint of something else - maybe cumin, or a dash of hot sauce. It is pretty dang good as-is, though, and it comes together in about five minutes. Can't beat that!

This is SO GOOD.
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The Reedy Review said...

This looks so yummy! I'll be trying this recipe soon for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Whitney said...

Yum! This looks so good. I've done something similar before but I just started growing my own basil plant so I definitely need to try it again!

Sarah said...

I love hummus and would love to grow some herbs but just never pulled the trigger. Maybe next year. :)