Deliciously Easy Basil-White Bean Hummus Recipe

Welcome to my Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus Recipe, a delicious and healthy dip that is perfect for any occasion.

Hummus has become a popular snack in recent years, with many variations available in stores. However, nothing beats the taste of homemade hummus made from fresh ingredients. This recipe brings together the creaminess of cannellini beans, the freshness of basil leaves, and the tanginess of lemon juice to create a perfect combination of flavors.

This basil-white bean hummus is not only flavorful but also incredibly easy to make. You can whip it up in just a few minutes with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. This hummus makes an excellent dip for vegetable sticks, crackers, pita bread, or toasted bread. It is also a versatile ingredient that can be used as a spread on sandwiches or wraps.

I am confident this recipe will become one of your go-to appetizers! So let’s get started and learn how to make this delicious, fresh basil-white bean hummus from scratch.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus
Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus

Do you love hummus but looking for ways to switch up your regular recipe? Look no further, because this fresh basil-white bean hummus recipe is here to revolutionize your hummus game!

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is the added flavor and texture from fresh basil leaves. They give the dip an aromatic and herbaceous flavor, which complements the creaminess of the white beans. Trust me; you won’t want to go back to plain hummus after trying this variation.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is how easy it is to make. With only a handful of ingredients, it takes less than 10 minutes to whip up this delicious dip in a food processor. You’ll have a healthy snack or appetizer ready in no time, perfect for those busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings.

In addition to its simplicity, this hummus recipe is vegan-friendly and packed with protein-rich white beans that will leave you feeling satisfied and full. You can also customize the recipe by adding more or less garlic cloves or lemon juice depending on your taste preference.

Last but not least, this basil-white bean hummus pairs well with various foods such as pita bread, raw veggies or as a spread for sandwiches. It’s versatile enough to be paired with some chips as a casual snack, but it will also impress your guests when served at a fancy dinner party.

In conclusion, you’ll love this basil-white bean hummus recipe because it’s flavorful, easy to make, vegan-friendly, and versatile. It’s time to step up your hummus game and give this tasty variation a try!

Ingredient List

 Blend your way to happiness with our fresh basil-white bean hummus recipe.
Blend your way to happiness with our fresh basil-white bean hummus recipe.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Additional basil leaves for garnish (optional)

This recipe calls for Northern White Beans which are also called Cannellini Beans. The stars of this recipe are fresh ingredients like basil, parsley, and garlic. While canned beans make the preparation process quicker, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. The olive oil gives the hummus richness and a smooth texture. Tahini is a critical ingredient in hummus as it gives nutty flavor to the dip. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds necessary acidity to the hummus. Salt and pepper enhance flavors throughout. For those who prefer vegan or gluten-free options, this basil white bean hummus recipe fits the bill.

The Recipe How-To

 This hummus will take your snacking game to a whole new level.
This hummus will take your snacking game to a whole new level.

Now, it’s time to dive into the fun part of making Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus. With just a few easy steps, you’ll have a delicious and healthy dip that’s perfect for any occasion.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Before starting with the recipe, make sure that you have all the needed ingredients on hand. Rinse and drain cannellini beans in a colander under cold water. Gather your cooking tools such as food processor or blender, measuring spoons and cups, citrus juicer, garlic press, and mixing bowl.

Step 2: Combine the Ingredients

In a food processor or blender, combine cannellini beans, tahini, olive oil, fresh garlic cloves, and fresh lemon juice. Blend until smooth for about 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is fully combined.

Step 3: Add Herbs and Spices

Add basil leaves (loosely packed), fresh parsley, and a pinch of salt to the bean puree mixture in the food processor or blender. Pulse until everything is finely chopped within seconds. Check if the texture or taste needs further adjustment by adding more salt or lemon juice as necessary.

Step 4: Serve

If you’re satisfied with how your hummus looked like, transfer it to a serving bowl then top it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, extra fresh herbs like chopped basil, and parmesan cheese. Serve with pita chips, veggies sticks, pretzels or any favorite crackers dipper.

It’s that easy! Your delicious Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus is ready to serve.

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't be able to resist the aroma of our homemade basil-white bean hummus.
You won’t be able to resist the aroma of our homemade basil-white bean hummus.

This basil-white bean hummus recipe is already delicious as it is, but there are still plenty of ways to customize it and make it your own. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Instead of cannellini beans, you can use Northern white beans or any other type of white bean. Simply make sure to rinse and drain them well before using.

– If you don’t have fresh basil on hand, you can substitute it with dried basil. However, keep in mind that fresh herbs always yield the best results in terms of flavor.

– For a creamier texture, add 1-2 tablespoons of creamy natural nut or seed butter like almond or cashew butter.

– You can also experiment with different types of nut butter such as tahini or sunflower seed butter to give it a richer taste.

– Want to make it spicy? Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper, roasted red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, or harissa paste for an extra kick.

– Another option is to incorporate roasted vegetables into the mix like carrots, sweet potatoes, or even roasted tomatoes for a more complex flavor profile.

– You could also blend in other fresh herbs such as parsley or thyme. Why not create your own herb blend with some fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano?

– If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take this recipe to the next level, get creative with your serving ideas by using this hummus in wraps or topped on avocado toast. You could even add it as a spread on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise!

Remember — cooking is all about being creative and having fun in the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavors until you create that perfect variation that appeals to your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect dip for any party or gathering.
The perfect dip for any party or gathering.

This basil-white bean hummus recipe is versatile and can make an ideal appetizer or a healthy snack. You can serve it with toasted pita bread or fresh vegetables such as cucumber, carrots, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. The pairing can also include chips, crackers, or breadsticks.

Since this hummus recipe is vegan, you can also serve it at your next veggie-friendly gathering, and no one will miss the meat. This dip is perfect for sharing, so if you’re hosting a party or get-together, this dish will be a hit.

As for beverages to pair with this hummus recipe, you can choose from refreshing options like white wine, iced tea, lemonade or beer. A glass of white wine complements the subtle flavors of the hummus dish really well. If you are serving it as an appetizer at a dinner party, rosé champagne or fruity sangria will make your guests sing your praises.

Overall, this basil-white bean hummus recipe is not only tasty but can also easily adapt to many occasions and drinking preferences. It is perfect for snacking or an appetizer before dinner party and pairs well with a range of drinks.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 We've added some green goodness to the classic chickpea hummus.
We’ve added some green goodness to the classic chickpea hummus.

Nowadays, I’m always on the go and sometimes don’t have time to prepare fresh food every day. That’s why I love this recipe so much! It can be made ahead of time and stored for up to five days. This is perfect for busy weekdays or for entertaining guests.

To make it ahead of time, simply prepare the hummus as directed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve, let it come to room temperature and give it a good stir before serving to ensure that it’s evenly mixed.

If you find yourself with leftovers or would like to prepare extra batches of this white bean hummus recipe, consider freezing it. You can freeze the prepared hummus for up to three months in an airtight container. However, the texture may not be exactly the same after thawing, so be mindful of this if you decide to freeze your leftovers.

When reheating, I suggest pouring the hummus into a heat-resistant dish and warming it up in a preheated oven until heated through. Another option is reheating in a microwave-friendly dish for short intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until thoroughly heated.

In conclusion, this white bean hummus recipe is just as delicious when made in advance and reheated as it is fresh out of the food processor. So, feel free to make extra batches and keep enjoying every last bit!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get a taste of summer with our delicious basil-white bean hummus.
Get a taste of summer with our delicious basil-white bean hummus.

To make the perfect fresh basil-white bean hummus, there are some tips and recommendations that will help you achieve the desired texture and flavor of this dip. Here are some of my suggestions to ensure your hummus turns out as creamy and delicious as possible.

Firstly, I recommend using high-quality ingredients, particularly when it comes to olive oil and tahini. Choose extra-virgin olive oil rather than regular olive oil or vegetable oil, as it will add a richer taste to your hummus. Similarly, opt for tahini which is freshly made and not sitting in your pantry for ages, as fresher tahini always tastes best.

Secondly, when preparing the garlic cloves, always use fresh ones instead of pre-minced garlic from the supermarket. Fresh garlic lends a brighter and more robust flavor to the hummus, which is what you want. If you must use pre-minced garlic due to time constraints, make sure it‘s at its best before using.

Another tip that I suggest is starting with a minimal amount of water or lemon juice when blending white beans in your food processor. This will prevent the hummus from being too soupy or watery in texture. You can always add more water or lemon juice depending on how creamy you want it.

In addition, I recommend adding fresh herbs such as parsley and thyme leaves in addition to fresh basil leaves. This adds more flavor and depth to the hummus other than just relying on basil to provide all the flavor.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with various spices and flavors to create different variations of the basic recipe. Sun-dried tomato basil pesto or even nutritional yeast are great additions if you want an interesting twist on this classic recipe.

By following these simple tips, you’ll have a delicious fresh basil-white bean hummus that’s creamy and flavorful every time!

Bottom Line

If you’re a fan of hummus, you simply must try this fresh basil-white bean hummus recipe. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! It’s packed with flavor and healthy ingredients that are sure to impress even the pickiest eaters. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make and can be adapted to suit your taste preferences. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just snacking on your own, this white bean dip will always hit the spot. Don’t wait any longer to try this amazing recipe – you won’t regret it!

Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus

Fresh Basil-White Bean Hummus Recipe

This Italy-inspired hummus is a recipe I created in celebration of my bountiful basil harvest. Did you know that basil has natural antidepressant properties? For me, that's just one more reason to put it in everything!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Calories 133.6 kcal


  • 1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh basil, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or more, if desired)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • salt and pepper


  • Place ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until creamy, scraping sides occasionally.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 78gCalories: 133.6kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4.7gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 155.8mgFiber: 3.9gSugar: 1.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, Beginner Cook, Easy, European, Low Cholesterol, No-Cook, Potluck, Small Appliance, Summer, Thanksgiving, Vegan, Weeknight
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