Smooth Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus

Smooth as silk hummus with lots of roasted garlic, nutty parmesan, and a little pepper for a kick. Serve this creamy dip up with crunchy homemade pita chips and your favorite sliced veggies.

roasted garlic parmesan hummus in a green bowl with pita chips

Give me a tub of hummus, some pita chips, a glass of wine and I’m all set. Because why would one need to eat anything else? Besides a handful of reese’s pieces of course.

Yes, I’m describing my exact Tuesday night on the couch to you.

If you’re looking for incredibly thick hummus, let me direct you to my favorite basic hummus recipe. Man alive, that stuff is good. But if you’re craving something a little more authentic, smoother, silkier, packed with roasted garlic, and filled with nutty parmesan – you’ve come to the right place today.

roasted garlic parmesan hummus in a bowl

I made this seriously smooth roasted garlic parmesan hummus yesterday and it’s already gone. (My serving size is no where near 2 Tablespoons. Who can only eat 2 Tablespoons of dip? I don’t understand??) The flavor of it is unreal and, apparently, addictive.

There’s cheese. There’s roasted garlic. There’s even more roasted garlic. And it’s downright incredible spread on a whole wheat tortilla rolled up with roasted red peppers and a handful of spinach. Your breath won’t be pleasant but your tastebuds will be happy.

Homemade hummus might sound ridiculous to you because why take the time to make something from scratch that is just as tasty bought from the store? But let me tell you– store-bought ain’t got nothin’ on homemade hummus. Homemade (1) is cheaper (2) comes without a junk-filled ingredient list (3) really does taste better and (4) the smell of garlic roasting in your oven. A reason in and of itself, of course.

roasted garlic cloves

If there is one make-it-or-break-it point in making your own smooth as silk hummus at home, it’s this: peel the membranes off the chickpeas before using.

I can’t believe I just typed membranes on my food blog.

The truth is that the outer skins of chickpeas cannot really be broken down properly no matter how strong your processor or blender is. Their rough texture prevents your hummus from having that glorious silky whipped texture. Rather, your hummus can taste a bit… grainy. I don’t typically take the time to do this because I feel like I’ve been peeling for 3 hours when it’s only been 3 minutes. And chickpea skins or not, homemade hummus – even a little grainy in texture – is good. But I’m going to be honest here: you will have hummus so smooth, so light, and so silky if you take this extra step.

It’s tedious and annoying to do, but the results are all sorts of mind-boggling amazing. Hire anyone in the house to help keep you from losing your mind you pop off the peels. It will only take about 10-15 minutes, promise. Give it a try.

chickpeas in a white bowl with skins peeled off

Let’s talk about dipping options. You have the obvious carrots, cucumber slices, peppers, and crackers. You know what’s so good? I had it in the springtime – deviled eggs with hummus. Hummus instead of mayo. Oh! I also made this pizza in the summer using my pizza crust recipe. Hummus instead of tomato sauce. Don’t get me wrong, I love tomato sauce but hummus pizza is DYNAMITE.

Back to hummus dippers. Someone by the name of stacy makes the best pita chips on the planet. Once you open a bag, your self control doesn’t stand a chance. Lucky for me (and you!), we don’t have to spend $6 on a small bag of pita chips anymore because we can make crunchy spiced pita chips at home. For much cheaper. And they taste better too.

2 images of pita chips

So crunchy. The best match for your silky smooth, radically roasted, perfect parmesan hummus.

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roasted garlic parmesan hummus in a bowl

Seriously Smooth Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 mintues
  • Yield: 1 and 3/4 cups hummus; enough pita chips for 4
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


Smooth as silk hummus with lots of roasted garlic, nutty parmesan, and a little pepper for a kick. Serve this creamy dip up with crunchy homemade pita chips and your favorite sliced veggies. This recipe is gluten free without the spiced pita chips.


Spiced Pita Chips

  • 4 pitas (or pita pockets – homemade is OK)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • sea salt

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus

  • 1 and 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas (about one 15 ounce can – drain, rinse, and reserve 1/4 cup liquid)
  • 4 roasted garlic cloves, chopped (here is how I roast garlic)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini, stirred well
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup reserved chickpea liquid or water
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Make the pita chips: Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C)s. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Cut each pita into 8 triangles and arrange on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, garlic powder, and lemon pepper together until combined. Brush each pita triangle with mixture. Flip each pita triangle over and brush the other side. Give them a light sprinkle of sea salt. Bake pita triangles for 10 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Allow to cool as you prepare the hummus.
  3. Make the hummus: Peel the skins off of all the chickpeas. This may be done in advance to save time if you prefer – cover the peeled chickpeas and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Place the chickpeas into your food processor or high speed blender and pulse until they are somewhat mashed. Add the chopped garlic, olive oil, tahini, parmesan, pepper, cumin, and lemon juice. Process until creamy for at least 1 minute. You may need to stop and start the processor a few times to get things moving. Add the reserved chickpea liquid and process for 1 more minute. Taste – and add a little salt (and/or chopped garlic, pepper, cumin) if needed. I usually never add salt, though that is just a personal preference. Add more olive oil and/or reserved chickpea liquid to thin out if needed.
  4. Spoon the hummus into a bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil, a sprinkle of parmesan, a couple pieces of chopped roasted garlic, and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper if desired. Serve with spiced pita chips and fresh veggies.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: This hummus tastes best up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Make ahead and cover tightly before serving. Store the chips in zipped-top bag or tupperware for up to 2 weeks.

Keywords: garlic parmesan hummus, homemade hummus


  1. Why in the world are you peeling canned chick peas?  Drain ’em into a measuing cup and put the peas straight into the food processor.  Why rinse them? Going to put some of the “pea liquid” back in anyways so don’t bother. 

    Follow the rest of the recipe. I’ve made this a dozen times so far this way.  The metal blade does it’s job perfect.

    I also add 2T of Huy Fong (rooster) sriracha sauce when blending.  Gives it a little bit extra zing.

    This is addictive so be warned 🙂

  2. You had me at “(4) the smell of garlic roasting in your oven. A reason in and of itself, of course.”
    Garlic in the oven, now.  Making. this. today.  🙂

  3. I tried making hummus a few years ago and it was a total fail… I ended up throwing away the whole thing. I decided to give it another shot with your recipe and omg!!! This was amazing! I’m all about making everything I can from scratch so I’m so happy to have found your recipe! Thank you

  4. Made this for the first time and I also didnt peel the skin off the chickpeas and it did not affect texture at all. The hummus and pita chips are so delicious. Brought these as an appetizer to my brothers for dinner and the whole plate was gone along with your cheese stuffed jalapenos!

  5. I just made this. I followed the recipe exactly. It was so smooth and creamy. I tasted it and ended up adding the rest of the bulb of garlic into it. It is great now. Just don’t forget the salt.

  6. Atlanta Nagel says:

    Oh. My. Gawd. I’ve just made this. You know you really should give it a nickname. Something like “crack-hummus” ’cause, goddam! It’s addictive!!!!!! I’ve never been a hummus person but this really is so seriously delicious!!! 😀

    1. I’m glad you love it so much!

  7. Sue Shapiro says:

    If you want super creamy hummus you dont need to remove the skins. Just process the ingredients for a minute or two BEFORE adding the chickpeas. You wont believe the difference this makes.

  8. This is the smoothest, creamiest hummus I’ve ever made! I went into it NOT planning on taking off the skins. In my mind, I kept thinking about people quoting that woman who said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Well, I tried a few beans to see how easy it would be, and once I got started, I couldn’t stop… I just had to see it through to the end, and I had the time today anyway. It really didn’t take me longer than 10-15 minutes. It’s delicious hummus! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. There ya go! I’m glad you pulled through with it and peeled them all 🙂

  9. Don’t spend hours peeling, place in a deep bowl, and gently rub under running cool water. Presto…peeled garbanzo beans, you are welcome.

  10. Kristy Powell says:

    I’m surprised no one else mentioned this, so here goes. Removing skin from chickpeas DOES lead to a better result, but there is a better way. Cooks Illustrated describes a technique Yotam Ottolenghi uses with dried chickpeas, only CI adapts technique for canned. Basically heat with 1.25 t baking soda. Alkaline solution breaks down pectin in skin. Then drain and rinse in colander. Put beans between 2 towels and rub a dub dub. The skins rub off easily.

  11. My answer to your question about flavors of hummus, I once had a cilantro/jalapeno hummus that was to die for!! Amazing!! Just saw this recipe and can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  12. Have made this before. Was never a humus lover but it was delicious. Going to make again today and is on my entertainment list. 

  13. Laura Cobak says:

    If you use a Nutribullet you can achieve a very smooth texture even without removing the skins. That is my method, works great!

  14. The authentic way to make very smooth creamy hummus is to add an ice cube when blending, as instructed by my middle eastern friends!

  15. Your recipe rocks it’s delicious! And I also take the skin of the off the chick peas, after I drained them I put them in a bowl with cold water and rub the chick peas between my hand put them back in the water and the skins just floats.


    1. Thanks Sally!

  16. This is my favorite hummus recipe by far! I make it all the time and it always turns out perfect and always gets rave reviews. Thanks for a great recipe, Sally! I like to combine this recipe (because I prefer the texture and ingredient proportions) with some of the favor combinations from Beth over at Budget Bytes — if you take out the parmesan and add roasted poblano and jalapeño peppers, it makes a to die for appetizer/lunch/dinner/breakfast/everymeal.

  17. Yum! Best hummus I’ve ever made!! Thank you Miss Sally

  18. ABSOLUTELY peel the skins off! it makes a huge difference. Just put on some music or a tv show while you prep the chickpeas and you’ll be done in no time. Or get your kids to do it! Great recipe, Thank you!

  19. Jason B. Lassner says:

    Context: I have been making my own hummus for over 30 years, I used to live in the middle east, and I am known amongst my friends and family as someone who makes fantastic hummus. I’m not a snob but I think most store bought hummus is “fine, not special.” I made Sally’s no knead jalapeno cheese bread today and when I saw this hummus recipe listed as a recommended accompaniment I decided to give it a try. AND…it’s unbelievable. Truly. I used canned chickpeas, didn’t bother skinning them, and followed the recipe to the letter even when it went against my well honed hummus instincts. WOWZA am I glad that I did. It’s a keeper!

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