I know that hummus is not particularly advanced as far as culinary ventures go, but it's so good and easy that everyone should make it if they haven't already. This is a basic recipe, but you can always add more ingredients to make it more exciting, such as a roasted red pepper that's been diced or maybe some chiles for added heat. It's great for a dip, a spread, or even to toss with pasta (which I think is so tasty, but not everyone agrees with me there). Anyways, give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
1 15oz can of chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), drained
¼ cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon finely minced garlic (optional)
Sea salt and black or red pepper to taste
1. Combine chickpeas, Tahini, and garlic in a blender.
2. Add the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice to loosen it up.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with pita, crackers, or crudités.