roasted garlic hummus

i’ve made hummus a handful of times now, for parties and at parties, so i feel confident to lay down my recipe.

the roasted garlic gives the hummus a subtler flavor than raw garlic, and i think removing the shells from the chickpeas makes the hummus smoother, especially if you’re pureeing it with a mortar and pestle. go easy on the tahini, and adjust the spices as you see fit. i love hummus with baby carrots, pretzels, and tortilla chips. also try warmed pita bread, pita chips, or celery.



  1. preheat oven to 375F. cut top off of head of garlic. roast for 45 minutes.
  2. meanwhile, drain chickpea liquid into a small saucepan. simmer over low heat.
  3. pour chickpeas onto a plate. pinch off and discard shells, adding each chickpea to the saucepan. this is fun with friends.
  4. when garlic is done roasting, squeeze into a medium mixing bowl and discard skin.
  5. remove chickpeas from liquid and puree with mortar and pestle or food processor until smooth. add to mixing bowl.
  6. add remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir until combined. use remaining chickpea liquid to reach desired consistency. season to taste.
  7. serve at room temperature–though i’m used to eating it cold–and garnish with cayenne pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Update, July 10, 2013: Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi’s Basic Hummus recipe has an interesting twist:

Plenty of hummus recipes (even earlier versions from Ottolenghi himself) call for soaking or simmering the chickpeas with a little baking soda shaken into the water. Hervé This explains why in Molecular Gastronomy — it’s all about pH: alkaline environments soften legumes more quickly by weakening their pectic bonds, while acidic environments keep them stubbornly hard. This is why you never want to simmer beans with vinegar.



i can vouch for this one– it’s super yummy. and all without a food processor. my goodness, what a labor of love. i (heart) hummus 4-ever ;)


Yum! I made a variation of this today; to save time on roasting garlic, I seperated the head into individual cloves and roasted them for 25 minutes. I also halved the cayenne and the lemon juice, and instead of boiling the chickpeas I just drained and rinsed them well and mixed everything in the food processor.


Oh, and I didn’t bother pulling the skins of my chickpeas either.

i dunno, i think shelling the chickpeas may be the sekret step. or maybe i just like the gentle tedium of pulling the shells off each and every pea.


woo! holy crap! i just tried it again with the full strength of cayenne! OWWW.

It was tasty, but my head is on fire. I’m sticking to half a teaspoon from now on :P

yeah, 1 tsp sounds like a lot of cayenne pepper. i’ve adjusted the recipe on your advice. thanks.


I just love roasted garlic hummus. What temp. do I roast the garlic for 25 minutes. And how do I mix everything together to get a whipped consistency? Can I put it in a blender?

I roast the garlic around 375°F for 45mins. A blender might work, though you’d probably have more luck with a food processor.


OK. Hummus out of a can? Abu Fuad is turning in his grave. try it one time with hummus cooked from scratch – yes, 4 hours in the pot – and than you can talk.

Trying this now. Looking forward to taste the stuff. I did some hummus last week with raw garlic, and the taste was a bit on the powerful side. I might have overdone the garlic, though.

The garlic is roasting right now, and there’s some Serious Goodsmell coming up.

Oh, and iM: I’m using dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked. The packet said they should be cooked for 1-2 hours. I went for two hours, but in your comment and elsewhere on the web, I’ve seen 4 hours mentioned too. Could you elaborate on that? Are the peas more suitable for hummus after more cooking? Is the extended cooking time somehow part of a hummus recipe?

Krilli, I’ve never used dried chickpeas, always soaked ones out of a can, so I don’t really know.

Wow, this is so much different than last week’s hummus. V. good. I like! I’ll probably cut a bit down on the cayenne in the next batch, for mom’s sake :)

Also, I think I’ll use a few of those garlic tops that get cut off before roasting, I’d like more garlicy oomph.


I just made this and it is the best hummus I’ve ever tasted! Yum!


I have tried this recipe several times now, and I really enjoy the suble flavor of roasted garlic. I sometimes end up finding myslef adding a bit more raw garlic at the end to taste. Also, I actually love the cayenne pepper, it gives it such a nice and unique kick!


Krilli, I did use the cut tops of the garlic and it was just the right touch. Now I plan to add a few sun dried tomatoes. Fantastic Recipe! Thanks.


Try adding extra lemon juice. Yum.

Lime is quite nice too, as is a spoonful of nice unflavored and unsweetened yogurt. At least the semi-fancy organic yogurt.


Wow, this was a great recipe. I doubled and added an extra head of garlic. Really terrific stuff. Thanks for sharing!!!

i’m using a 15oz can of chick peas but in my opinion its WAY too salty. i’d recommend people start at .5 tsp and work up from there. i’ll also say this is definitely a spicy hummus. thanks for the recipe!

Crash, I tend to use coarse sea salt, which is a lot less dense than table salt. But yeah, always adjust salt to taste.


mmmmm….try it with roasted red peppers, but only those marinated in extra extra virginized olive oil – organic, of course


Very nice recipe, i also add in a whole red pepper chunked for some extra crisp. mmmm

Amanda Bombardier

Delicious! I used my left over “Italian Candy” from my roasted garlic appetizer last night. I didn’t have the tahini, but I used about 1 1/2 tbsp of sesame seeds and didn’t have lemons on hand but used up the rest of my bottled (sad, i know) lemon juice (which came to about 2 or 3 tbsp).


WOW! This is incredible hummus. I mean, REALLY incredible. I was so glad I’d roasted extra garlic heads!! The flavour and consistency that this recipe yields are of divine proportions.
It had never occurred to me to remove the chickpea skins, and while that would undoubtedly achieve an out-of-this-world smooth texture, I omitted that step myself. I still managed to reach sufficient smoothness through long food-processing. The mixing of other ingredients in a bowl seemed odd, but I followed that direction and it worked! I think it kept the consistency light. For the lemon juice I used 1/4 cup bottled; my tahini was homemade. I only used 1/4 tsp. cayenne and 1/4 tsp of salt, since the canned chickpeas and liquid were salty anyway. **Right, I think that’s all my self-memoranda. Thanks SO much for posting this! It will be repeated and repeated and repeated and… :D

Two years later, and I’m still making it and getting lots of compliments on it. I’m waiting on the garlic to finish roasting as we speak.
I have some sun-dried tomato pesto that I’m tempted to add this time (maybe to half of it).
Thank you again for posting this.

Amanda, my pleasure, glad you’ve found it so enjoyable.


Very nice recipe, thanks Justin! I had to improvise using the end of a glass instead of the food processor and 3 tbsp sesame oil instead of tahini. I used less garlic (should have used the recommended amount) and 3/4 tsp salt (should have used less). It turned out a bit chunkier without the food processor, but still delicious!

Really like the cumin twist on the hummus. Gonna make it tonight to give it a try!

Amanda B

Had a scare when I followed my link and found your blog reorganized. I’m back again. ;) it’s been a while since I’ve made this, so I wanted to follow along again, soon, I suspect I’ll be back to making it from memory. ;)


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