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Tasty Pesto Hummus

Updated on July 13, 2014

Hummus with the Fresh Flavor of Pesto

My husband and I love the fresh, summery taste of basil pesto, and we like prepare it and freeze it so we can enjoy it all year long. Mixed into this tasty Pesto Hummus recipe, it makes a spread for sandwiches and wraps, a side for salads, or just as a snack with pita chips. The bright green flavor of hummus with the hints of garlic and cheese is made subtle by the combination with chickpeas and tahini.

We love it, and I hope you will too. On this page, I'll share the recipe and a few ways you can tweak the recipe to your own taste.

All photos on this page are my own.

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pesto hummus
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I found a recipe for pesto hummus awhile back and liked the idea, but when I tried it, the flavors didn't come through as much as I liked, and it was a little too dry. I have tweaked and honed this recipe for my own use as a sandwich spread and for eating on pita chips. I hope you like it too!

And one of the best things about hummus... it takes hardly any time to make. Go ahead - it's good for you too!

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 8


  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp. pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan and/or romano cheese
  • 1 -2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Prepare the ingredients and place in food processor.
  2. Food process until smooth.
  3. Enjoy on pita chips, in a sandwich or as a salad side dish!
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Amore All Natural Pesto Paste, 2.8 Ounce Tube
Amore All Natural Pesto Paste, 2.8 Ounce Tube

I like these small tubes for this recipe and others. The tube is easy to store, and it also allows you to keep whatever pesto you don't use fresh and green for use in another dish.

Libby's Organic Garbanzo Beans, 15-Ounces Cans (Pack of 12)
Libby's Organic Garbanzo Beans, 15-Ounces Cans (Pack of 12)

Many hummus recipes are designed around one can of garbanzo beans, so these cans are the perfect size for a special batch of this or another kind of hummus. Easy!!


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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @ecogranny: Thanks Grace! I love to use and promote organic when I can.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I love hummus just about any way I can get it, including made with pesto. Thank you for featuring organic ingredients in this recipe. Made my little foodie heart go pit-a-pat. : )

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this does sound very good!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      Sounds great!

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      archetekt lm 4 years ago

      I love hummus and always am looking for more hummus recipes. Pesto hummus is great!

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      resabi 4 years ago

      I like pesto hummus, absolutely! Nice to have a good recipe to follow. Thank you.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love spicy hummus, anything with a kick. I like basil; this recipe sounds great!