Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus Recipe

I have always loved Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus - whenever I find it at the store, I snatch it up. But not anymore..

A few days ago I was strolling the aisles of Trader Joe's - ogling the hummus section - with all those red, green, and white, oh-so-colorful, bean-filled tubs stacked on the fridge shelf. I was about to grab a container of the sun-dried tomato hummus by reflex. But instead I was inspired to make some myself - at home. Super easy. And more delicious than I've ever tasted because it is so fresh! And as a ps, TJ's has a new fresh tahini product that I am in love with. oh my. two thumbs way up.

Hummus Obsessed. It's so typical for me to get obsessed with a recipe and go crazy making variations of it for a while - and that's what hummus is doing to me this month. I'm hummus obsessed. I was hooked at my first bite of my SummerThyme Hummus. So here is my next fave flavor to blend up!..

Why Hummus? Maybe it's all those healthy whole beans that get blended up into creamy deliciousness. Or maybe it's the fact that hummus is so darn versatile and I can use it in pitas, drizzle it over salads or just grab some veggie sticks and start dipping. Or maybe it's that the possible flavor combos are endless.

Will my hummus rampage ever end? We will see. But for now I'm sharing my creations with you. And this is a fave. It's a classic Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus. Just like the kind I end up spending $4 for at the store - only this one is a lot better! And cheaper. Since it blends up a nice 3 cup amount (instead of a tiny tub). I'm loving this pinkish red hummus - little specks of green basil throughout - bold notes of garlic and subtle notes of sweet basil. I hope you love it too.

I even used this hummus to plate my Tofu Lego Bites for Kids! (and adults.) Must-see fun recipe :)

Sun dried Tomato Basil Hummus
makes about 3 cups

1 can white beans, cannellini
1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato strips- pure state - no oil (bagged)
1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup lemon juice
6-8 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp truffle salt (or sea salt)
1/3 cup olive oil (add more or less to suit your preferences)
1 heaping scoop of tahini, optional
fresh pepper

tip! Make sure the sun dried tomatoes you buy are nice and soft. I like the soft bagged strips. Hard or too-dried-up tomatoes will not blend well - and may need re hydration in water or lemon juice. You could use the oil packed tomatoes if you prefer. Or if you have time - make some yourself.

To Make:

1. Drain the excess liquid from the cans of beans.
2. Add all ingredients to your blender of food processor.
3. Pulse and blend until creamy - thickness to your preferences.
4. Do a taste test and adjust ingredients as desired.

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