Cook's Illustrated Restaurant-Style Hummus

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a smooth and silky hummus from those people on PBS who know how to test and create great recipes. They recommend Joyva or Krinos tahini and Pastene chickpeas (I used what I had on hand). Hummus can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days. If you do not plan on serving it immediately, refrigerate the hummus and garnishes separately. When ready to serve, stir in approximately 1 tablespoon of warm water if the texture is too thick. Serving size is estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Whisk together tahini and 2 tablespoons oil in second small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Set aside 2 tablespoons chickpeas for garnish.
  4. Process remaining chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne in food processor until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds.
  5. With machine running, add lemon juice-water mixture in steady stream through feed tube.
  6. Scrape down bowl and continue to process for 1 minute.
  7. With machine running, add oil-tahini mixture in steady stream through feed tube and continue to process until hummus is smooth and creamy (about 15 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed).
  8. Transfer hummus to serving bowl and sprinkle with reserved chickpeas and cilantro over surface.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand until flavors meld, at least 30 minutes.
  10. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
Most Helpful

Delicious hummus! I think you can only get that shiny hummus you see in Middle Eastern restaurants by drizzling it with olive oil right before it's served. This hummus had everything you could want from a recipe. No weird add-ins like sour cream or yogurt, just olive oil, lemon, and tahini. I used 4 cloves of garlic instead of just one (just my preference), and left everything else the same as is written in this recipe. It was perfect! Thank you, AmyZoe

nush7 August 23, 2011

Pretty good hummus, I was not sure what to do with the lemon water mixture so I just put it in with the tahini mixture and it looked fine. Nice and smooth and creamy. I added extra cumin and garlic though, just because that is my preference.

Alpharabbit November 19, 2009