White Bean Pesto Hummus

Good morning/afternoon all! I hope you are well on this beautiful Monday.

Today I have a 3-for-1 recipe for you: one recipe, 3 ways to enjoy it. I love a meal that can serve double (or triple) duty as I am always looking to save money on food.

This hummus was inspired by a twitter friend a few weeks ago (thanks @LNLellaa!). Too often I either just make my classic hummus (lemon-paprika) or buy some at the store. With as much beans and hummus as I eat, it’s time to branch out and get creative. Hummus is so easy to make and is always a hit with dinner guests or at parties/potlucks. Everyone loves a dip!

Whether you are in the mood for a classic dip, a new spin on toast, or some hearty pasta…this hummus is as tasty as it is versatile. Enjoy.

White Bean Pesto Hummus


  • 1 can white beans (I used cannellini)
  • 2 tbsp liquid from the can (or water)
  • Large spoonful of sesame tahini (Or 2 tbsp olive oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 container of fresh basil (about a handful of leaves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Generous amounts of salt & pepper


  1. Heat a small skillet to medium and toast the walnuts until browned.
  2. Combine everything in a food processor and run until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add more liquid to thin, if needed.
  3. Because this is a vegan style pesto, there is no parmesan cheese which is why I recommend a generous amount of course salt.



3 ways to enjoy

As a traditional dip with fresh crudité or toasted pita points


Hummus toast: toast bread (a rustic, hearty bread is best) spread hummus on toast and top with sliced avocado and roasted tomatoes. (Or to save time heat a skillet on medium, add olive oil, and sauté halved cherry tomatoes until warmed. Smash with spoon and put on top of toast)


Pesto Hummus Pasta: cook 2 ounces of pasta as directed. Reserve 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water. Once the pasta is drained throw it back in the pot with the reserved water and a generous 1/4 cup of the hummus. Toss to coat. It was wonderful served with grape tomatoes…the acidity of the tomatoes mixed well with the pasta sauce. (makes 1 serving)


Even better with a little nutritional yeast


What is your favorite flavor & way to enjoy hummus?


3 thoughts on “White Bean Pesto Hummus

  1. I just tried a lentil hummus and really enjoyed it. Hummus is one of those things that once I learned how easy and cheap it is to make, I refuse to pay for it premade anymore!

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