Think hummus can only be served as a dip or used to make chicken? Think again! Made with tender, al dente noodles, aromatic savory spices, and creamy hummus, this One Pot Hummus Pasta embraces the bold flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine. An easy vegan recipe, it’s guaranteed to knock your socks off!
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Why You’ll Love This Hummus Pasta Recipe
In our opinion, there’s nothing better than a piping hot bowl of pasta! From spicy rigatoni to zesty lemon pasta, pizza pasta, and more, it’s our favorite comfort food. As a result, we’re also experimenting with new flavor combinations using a variety of our favorite ingredients.
So, it was only a matter of time until we transformed our favorite healthy hummus into a hummus pasta recipe! Luckily, it was a huge hit. This pasta:
- Uses just 10 ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.
- Cooks in a single pot in less than 30 minutes.
- Is naturally dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan to suit a variety of dietary needs.
- Makes a large batch and stores well, meaning it’s great for
meal prepand is perfect for feeding a crowd.
What’s In Hummus Pasta?
This hummus pasta recipe uses classic Mediterranean ingredients to create an earthy, aromatic flavor and a creamy texture you’ll adore. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pasta – We like penne pasta, but any shape will do.
- Olive Oil – Used to help caramelize the garlic and enhance the warmth of the spices while contributing to a rich base and adding a boost of healthy fats.
- Herbs and Spices – Paprika, za’atar, oregano, basil, and garlic contribute to the herby, aromatic flavor lending just a hint of sweet nuttiness.
- Pimentos – A type of red chili pepper, these add a pop of brightness and a touch of satisfying heat.
- Broth – Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth can be used to help cook the pasta without diluting the flavors of the dish. No matter what you choose, we recommend opting for a low-sodium variety to ensure the salt content isn’t overpowering.
- Hummus – To save time, feel free to use a store-bought hummus made with simple ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Or, make your own with our healthy hummus recipe instead!
How to Make One Pot Hummus Pasta
There’s nothing easier than a one pot pasta recipe! Whether you’re an experienced chef or brand new in the kitchen, you’re guaranteed to have success with this dish.
- Sauté. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Then, add the minced garlic, paprika, za’atar, and oregano. Let the ingredients simmer for a few minutes, stirring them together until they’re fragrant and smelling delicious.
- Boil. Add the pimentos, broth, and uncooked pasta. Stir to combine the ingredients, and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Simmer. Reduce the heat, and let the pot simmer covered until the liquid has reduced and your pasta is tender to the touch but still has just a bit of a chewy bite.
- Finish. Stir in the hummus and basil, and keep the pot on over the heat until all of the ingredients are well combined, smooth, and heated through.
- Garnish. Divide your hummus pasta into bowls, add your favorite toppings like za’atar and basil leaves, and dig in while it’s warm!
Tips, Tricks, and Variations
- Make It Low-Carb. Watching your carb intake? Swap out the penne for a low-carb pasta alternative. Or, toss the ingredients with veggie noodles instead!
- Stir Frequently. Be sure to stir the ingredients thoroughly and frequently to ensure they’re combined and nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
- Switch Up the Hummus. We tend to stick with classic chickpea or garlic hummus. However, feel free to use any flavor you like best to make it spicy or add a little zest!
- Add the Ingredients Slowly. Adjust the ingredients as needed, stirring them in slowly and adding more broth or hummus until your desired consistency is reached.
- Add Veggies. Boost the nutrients of this hummus pasta by sautéing veggies like onions, mushrooms, and kale with the dish.
Common Questions About Hummus Pasta
Sure! Simply swap out the pasta with your favorite gluten-free variety, and cook it according to the package instructions. Just be sure to keep an eye on your pasta, and stir gently as gluten-free pasta tends to be a bit more delicate than standard varieties.
Once cooked and fully cooled, hummus pasta can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Yes! Feel free to freeze this recipe for up to 3 months. Then, let it thaw in the fridge overnight, and reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add an extra splash of broth as needed to liven it back up.
Absolutely! Stir in any protein you like best such as ground beef, chicken, or shrimp.
More One Pot Pasta Recipes
Love one pot pasta as much as we do? Don’t miss out on more of our favorite recipes!
- One Pot Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta
- One Pot Elote Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Pesto Pasta
- One Pot Veggie Pasta
One Pot Hummus Pasta
- 1 pound penne pasta uncooked
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoons za’atar plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 jar pimento peppers drained
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- 4 cups broth
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2/3 cup hummus
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, paprika, za’atar, and oregano. Sauté 2-3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently.
- Add the pimentos, broth, and pasta, stirring to combine. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer covered 12-14 minutes or until the pasta is al dente and the liquid has reduced, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the hummus and basil until smooth and heated through.
- Serve hot with za’atar and basil leaves for garnish, if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.