Easy Italian-Style Hummus

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READY IN: 13mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Drain 3/4 of the liquid in the cans of beans. Put the beans, cheese, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. Puree.
  • Add cayenne powder, paprika and ground black pepper as desired. Check for salt. Puree again. I usually add at least 1/4 teaspoon cayenne so that it has some kick to it.
  • Remove and let the flavors marry for at least 6-8 hours or overnight in the fridge.
  • Take the dip out of the fridge around 2 hours before serving. I usually spoon it into a pie plate or onto a large plate. Smooth the top of the hummus with the back of a spoon or use a knife.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, garnish the hummus. First I spread prepared pesto sauce on top. You can spread it all over, in an outer circle pattern, spread it on half the hummus, or however you wish.
  • Sprinkle at least 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts on top, or place in the center, or in whatever design you desire.
  • Sliver around 1/4 of a roasted red bell pepper and arrange in a design of your own choosing.
  • Arrange sliced olives around the edge of the plate.
  • All of these garnishes are optional, but the pesto sauce and the toasted pine nuts taste especially good with this.
  • Good served with pita chips or as a sandwich spread.
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