Nigella’s Red Pepper Hummus

When I met Nigella Lawson at an afternoon tea event a few years ago, her Nigella Express cookbook had just been released, and the tea menu included her red pepper hummus from the cookbook. It was served on little rectangles of soft pita bread, which was probably intentional since that was also the way it was photographed in her cookbook.

Even though I’ve owned the book for years, I’ve never made this red pepper hummus until now, and I could kick myself for not making it sooner! The hummus has a touch of creaminess from the cream cheese, great flavor from the roasted red peppers, and a luscious smoothness from the garlic oil, which I also drizzled on top of each bite. Although I ate mine with triangles of flour tortillas, I bet this would work great as a healthy dip for chips and veggies at next week’s multitude of Super Bowl parties. You can find the recipe here or in Nigella Express.

69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thekalechronicles
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:23:38

    The color is gorgeous, Yummy. I never would have thought of putting cream cheese in hummus, but I used to eat hummus sandwiches with feta in them at Tassajara Bakery in San Francisco (alas, long gone).

  2. promenadeplantings
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:42:01

    I love roasted peppers, a fabulous flavour. And a great recipe !

  3. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:45:22

    I’ve had the book for a couple years and have never made anything out of it. I’ve been inspired by your posts to pull it out try some of the recipes. I love hummus and this looks really beautiful. How fun to have met Nigella – is she as great in person as she is on her shows?

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:56:41

    That is quite the showstopper!

  5. Eileen
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:57:37

    I’m trying really hard to control the urge to buy all of Nigella’s books. That hummus is not helping my resolve. Looks and sounds amazing!

  6. Elaine
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:17:21

    The color of your hummus is so lovely. I am enjoying the Nigella book that I got recently so much that I will have to check out her Express book.

  7. InCucinaDaME
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:18:49

    I am a fan of Nigella and a fan of your posts, the pics are great

    Well done

  8. Lois
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:36:02

    your food posts look really yummy! All of them๐Ÿ™‚
    Love Lois xxx

    http://lisforlois.blogspot.com/

  9. Anita Menon
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 12:59:50

    The colour looks gorgeous. Sounds delicious too. I would love to meet Nigella once.

  10. Terra
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:09:45

    You met Nigella? I am so jealous, she seems to have the happiest spirit:-) Red Pepper Hummus is my favorite, this looks fantastic! Hugs, Terra

  11. Just A Smidgen
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:10:21

    I agree, the color is just so striking, I will store this recipe away for the next book club meeting!! A very cool twist on hummus!!

  12. Three-Cookies
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:32:04

    This sounds good, sort of like ajvar but without cream cheese. Very delicious

  13. Beth
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:40:18

    How fun that you got to meet Nigella! The hummus looks like it was well worth waiting for.

  14. Culinary Collage
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 14:51:27

    Red pepper hummus is my favorite…….yummy!

  15. Ronda
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 15:45:05

    Oh! I would love to meet Nigella!

  16. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 15:46:15

    Wow, I was just reading a blog post about hummus with peppers and was reminded of how much I love roasted red peppers – this post has confirmed that I need to make some, yours looks fab! It must have been great to meet Nigella too๐Ÿ™‚

  17. rebecca
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 16:02:36

    wow u meet her thats cool looks yummy

  18. Anna @ the shady pine
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 16:09:57

    You know how long that book has been sitting on my shelf and I haven’t made this either.

    I love the colour of the red pepper hummus and it sounds utterly delicious. I will need to try it as a dip when we next have people over.

  19. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 16:30:59

    Look at the colour of that hummus – extraordinary!!

  20. hotlyspiced
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 17:36:15

    That dip is certainly a very pretty colour. Yes, a dip like this with some bread or crackers would be the perfect thing to have in front of you as you watch the Super Bowl.

  21. Simply Life
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 18:50:17

    I love the bright color of this!

  22. Krissy
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 19:05:28

    Oh yes, great Superbowl party idea…thanks. Such pretty colors and sounds tasty.

  23. kitchen flavours
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 19:13:34

    This looks wonderful! Looks perfect with pita or crackers!

  24. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 19:53:05

    The color of this hummus is beautiful! I’m also jealous that you met Nigella – she’s one of my favorites.

  25. sally
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 20:04:14

    What a great looking dip! I’ve never heard of adding cream cheese to hummus, but it sounds like a good addition.

  26. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 21:15:12

    It’s such a bright and beautiful hummus! It would be perfect for noshing on during the big game!

  27. Miriam
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 21:32:20

    I love hummus!!! It looks amazing๐Ÿ™‚, Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  28. Betty
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 22:26:09

    I love roasted red pepper hummus- This looks so good!๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Kay aka Babygirl
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 22:58:15

    This red pepper hummus looks like it would be spicy but oh so heavenly and good. Yup, I’m totally hungry now๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 02:41:38

    This looks totally yummy!! I just love Nigella Lawson recipes. They are simple and delicious. Your blog too is lovely!๐Ÿ™‚

  31. JasmyneTea
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 07:03:26

    Lucky you, meeting Nigella Lawson! She’s an idol of mine๐Ÿ™‚ This would be a great dip, looks quick and easy to whip up too!

  32. mary
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 07:50:56

    How exciting!!!! I love Nigella and her great style – also I love this hummus –
    Mary x

  33. Kristen
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 08:42:05

    I love the RED of that hummus. I am sure it must be delicious and it adds such a nice color to the table.

  34. kitchenbelleicious
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 09:45:04

    hummus is my favorite snack. This looks great. I love a red pepper flavor to just about anything

  35. Caroline
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:55:06

    Look at the color of that hummus!! So gorgeous. Too cool that you met Nigella. This sounds delicious. x

  36. JamieAnne
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 13:05:03

    This looks…..just wow!

  37. Asmita
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 13:54:23

    That does looks and sound delicious!!!

  38. Louise
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:00:29

    I’m feeling extra adventurous today, I think I’ll just dive into that Red Pepper Hummus. It looks delicious!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Yummy. A drizzle on every bit, oh yes!!!

  39. Peggy
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:39:34

    What a beautiful and vibrant hummus!

  40. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:40:21

    I adore red pepper hummus and you’ve just given me an idea of something to take to a party next weekend…thanks so much!

  41. TrafficDiva
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:49:20

    I love the color of this!! I never would have thought red pepper hummus?! I could just kick you too…LOL! Not sure if anyone has asked this yet but….How did you get the color so bright??? Looks like something from a painting of a harvest dinner table!

  42. katyarich
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 15:38:30

    Looks fantastic, I also love the color, will definitely try this one!

  43. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 15:56:10

    This is gorgeous! What a great dip for the big game!

  44. Liz
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:50:03

    Wow, I’d love this, too!!! Another recipe for my pile๐Ÿ™‚ And this one may get used for Super Bowl Sunday!

  45. Ameena
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 17:57:18

    How cool you got to meet Nigella! I am not too impressed with stars but with chefs? Now that’s a different story.

    Looks delicious my friend.

  46. Ryan
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 18:46:48

    That’s so cool that you got to meet Nigella! I have loved watching her show for years and think she would be a hoot to meet! This hummus sounds delicious is such a gorgeous shade– I’ve just recently started making my own and it’s so good, I’ll have to try this recipe!

  47. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 19:58:35

    Well first of all….how cool that you got to meet Nigella Lawson! I bet that was a really fun afternoon! I love how she is totally herself when eating, apologizing for nothing, and making no excuses! And for that reason…I really enjoy her recipes! This one is just beautiful….what great color. I am crazy for roasted red peppers and I would gobble this up in a heartbeat. I think your tortilla triangles are just perfect! : )

  48. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:33:05

    Mmm, I love both roasted red peppers and hummus! Raw carrots are my favorite humus dipper.

  49. Baking Serendipity
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 20:58:04

    I never would have thought to add cream cheese to hummus either, but I love, love, love this idea!

  50. Ann
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 21:35:39

    YUM! I’ve had recipes that I kick myself for not trying sooner, too….this looks delicious!

  51. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 21:58:28

    Loving the color, so bright and vibrant! How cool that you got to meet Nigella! I think I’d be more excited to meet a chef than a celebrity too!๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Chaya
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 22:53:17

    I love the color. It turns out to be a beautiful dish.

  53. Christy
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 22:55:01

    Red is for STOP here, and to enjoy the photo!๐Ÿ™‚ This is definitely a call for the sirens :p

  54. cindyrina
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 22:55:26

    love to try this… sounds good for finger food!

  55. Cakelaw
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 04:07:14

    This looks fabulous – the colour is just gorgeous. I have just finished watching Nigella Kitchen – love that woman!

  56. oneexpatslife
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 04:55:08

    Isn’t Nigella the best! I just love her books. Thanks so much for pointing this recipe out, I actually own this book but have yet to give that recipe a try.

  57. hemalata
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 05:09:50

    Nice recipe, looks so yummy n well presented too…..

  58. peachkins
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:06:37

    Oh I love the color of this hummus!

  59. Kathy
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 10:57:48

    I make hummus all the time….a great snack! Love the bright red color of this one. Red peppers have so much flavor and really dress this up…very pretty!

  60. Holly
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 13:15:01

    Wow, the color is beautiful and vibrant! Sounds delicious!

  61. forgottenbeast
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 14:15:39

    You can’t go wrong with red pepper hummus! That stuff is just flat-out amazing. Yum YUM.

  62. muppy
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 16:16:20

    the colour is amazing!

  63. Juliana
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 18:00:36

    I never had red pepper hummus…looks delicious and so pretty.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week๐Ÿ™‚

  64. sophia
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 21:02:29

    Wow you met Nigella?!!! She’s kind of my idol! I love that woman to death.๐Ÿ˜€

  65. spicegirlfla
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:46:53

    How exciting to have met Nigella!! This looks lovely and delicious! I do love to watch her cook, she has such a sensual flair!

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  67. Baker Street
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 01:35:37

    I bet meeting her was super exciting. I’m yet to find a Nigella recipe that fails to deliver. The hummus has a great texture and i love the use of red peppers.๐Ÿ™‚

  68. sheof108names
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:44:17

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  69. Casey
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 22:06:36

    A great addition to any table.

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