Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Make Ahead    Vegan (and Vegetarian)    Gluten Free  

Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe {}

So do you have your Thanksgiving game plan pulled together? Are you the presiding creator of the entire feast, or just a (lucky!) co-contributor?

Either way, here’s our (not-so-secret) tip for ultimate holiday success:

Don’t let the crowd get too hungry … ever …

Sure, sure – at Thanksgiving, lots of people don’t put out an appetizer before the meal, because everyone’s saving every possible square inch of tummy space for the main event.

Big mistake!

Now of course, if everything goes perfectly according to plan and everything comes together in one glorious, well-orchestrated triumph exactly at the pre-ordained eating time … then you can probably skip the appetizer.

But, let’s be realistic here!

Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe {}

There’s the more common (not-so-perfecly-orchestrated) scenario, too:

As the hostess (whether it’s you or great-grandma) struggles with the pop-up indicator in the turkey (such a stupid invention, right!?!), Aunt Dora still hasn’t arrived with the mashed potatoes (where could she be???), cousin Ted’s dog topples the “kids’ table“ and all its place settings (seriously … why did he bring his dog?!?), the green bean casserole can’t get to the oven because the turkey’s taking so long (egads!), and little Joey just pushed Thomas into a mud puddle out back and they both need hosed down and cleaned up (that Joey never can keep his hands to himself!) …

And suddenly the whole meal is behind schedule, everybody’s starving, and the novel fun of a family holiday starts to wear a bit thin as the tummies start growling.


Keep the masses fed and no one will care if the schedule gets off track!

A few tasty little nibbles are all it takes to stave off the hungry-grumpies! Everyone can totally laugh it off while they re-set the kids’ table, wrestle with the ridiculous pop-up indicator, and finally compromise on just microwaving the green beans!

A little snacking goes a long way toward a contented family, no matter how long the turkey takes and how late Aunt Dora is! And don’t worry – there’ll still be plenty of tummy room left for everyone to sneak a tiny wedge of pie!

This hummus is an ultra-quick and easy app that you can whip up at the last minute (when that darned turkey just isn’t cooking fast enough!). It’s classy enough to grace the holiday buffet, but so simple you’ll be making it all year ’round!

Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe {}

Just toss the ingredients in a mini food processor (no pre-chopping needed!), give it all a quick whirl, and serve it up with whatever dippers are close at hand! So easy!

Mmmmmmm … and sooooooo yummy!

THK Signature Gretchen & Shelley cropped

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Ok, we confess: technically this isn’t really a “hummus.” In strictest definition, hummus is made with chickpeas, and usually tahini, neither of which we’ve used in this recipe. In recent years, though, the foodie world has taken it upon itself to bestow the name “hummus” upon pretty much any pureed, bean-based cold dip. (Even our Edamame Hummus bears the name!) So what do you think? Is a hummus worthy of the name only if it’s got chickpeas? And what’s your favorite riff on hummus?

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Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Preparation 5 min. 2017-08-19T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-19T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 1½ cups     adjust servings


  • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small- or medium-sized cloves garlic (or 1 really big clove)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sriracha hot chili sauce (or similar hot sauce)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mini food processor.
  2. Process until desired consistency, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving.


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Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe {}
Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe {}


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  5. I have been assigned to bring the “Italian Cannellini Hummus” to a Thanksgiving gathering just in case “everything doesn’t go according to plan”. I am also taking the “Peanut Butter Silk Dip”.

    I think the hostess remembers that I am not a cook! However, these two recipes will be a “piece of cake” so to speak!

    • Sounds like you’ll be the most popular contributor on the big day! Even though these two recipes will take less than 15 minutes total to prepare (from gathering ingredients to clean up!) they will certainly shine! And you’ll have plenty of time to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! 🙂 ~G&S

    • Yep – it does seem to fly off the table as soon as it’s made! But those extra few minutes are crucial when dinner is running a few minutes behind! And with everything needing oven space to be done all at once (like at Thanksgiving!) a super easy appetizer will save the day!
      Yes – make sure you include the Sriracha! It doesn’t make it too spicy, but it adds a lovely background flavor! Enjoy! ~G&S

    • I hope you try this, Pamela!! It seriously is SO good! The fresh basil and the sun dried tomatoes combined with the creamy beans, and the layers from the Sriracha and garlic … mmmmmmm! Now I’m hungry – for this!! It’s the perfect snack – a favorite at both my house and Shelley’s – for sure!! 🙂 ~Gretchen

  6. I’m a big fan of hummus, though I’ve never tried a white bean version. That needs to change as soon as possible, seeing how nice, creamy and delish yours look. Seriously, I need to try this stuff. Basil + sundried tomato?? A wonderful combo, for sure!
    Have a great weekend 😀

    • I’m not sure I’ve ever met someone who didn’t love hummus!! It’s just plain awesome! 🙂
      Yeah – not gonna lie … this doesn’t last long at either of our homes! It’s gone in a flash – so delicious!! Yes – try it!! Soon!! ~Gretchen

    • Christine – this is the hummus for you! I love sun dried tomatoes, too!! Once they are combined with the fresh basil … mixed together with the creamy white beans – oh! So amazing! I’m telling ya – gotta make this now! 🙂 ~Gretchen

    • Hi, Gloria! Sriracha is a type of hot chili sauce that originated in Thailand and is now commonly found in the Asian section of most large grocery stores. Its main components are chili, sugar, salt, garlic and vinegar. Its flavors are slightly different from, say, Tabasco or Frank’s RedHot Sauce or a Mexican hot sauce like Tapatio, and those are also slightly more watery (which really shouldn’t have much impact in this recipe), but if you can’t find Sriracha and have those on hand, just try subbing one of them instead. Another common sub is Sambal Oelek, which is a thick Indonesian chili-garlic sauce that’s also pretty easy to find in most American grocery stores these days. Where sauces like Tabasco, Frank’s and Tapatio are a bit thinner than Sriracha, Sambal Oelek is a bit thicker, but again, for this recipe, that slight difference shouldn’t matter, and you can easily adjust the final thickness of your hummus by adjusting the amount of water you add, if that’s a concern. Finally, in desperation, you can leave the Sriracha out, although it really, truly does add a specific background flavor that makes this hummus complete. I hope that helps and makes it easier for you to make this SOOOOON! Thanks for the great question, Gloria! ~Shelley

    • Hi, Aunt Kay! Thanks for asking! For more details, check out my answer to Gloria (above). But, yes, Frank’s should work just fine. The hot sauce doesn’t make this hummus spicy at all, but just adds a subtle yet really important background flavor. I hope you love it as much as we do! I whipped some up quickly a few nights ago (I was running late with dinner and my husband usually walks in the door RAVENOUS), and almost the entire batch was gobbled up before dinner (by just my little family!). It’s so good, and so full of healthy ingredients, that you can really feel good snacking on it! ~Shelley

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