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Vegan Hamburger Helper

This brings back memories! As a kid, I had some sort of hamburger helper dish about once a week. I always looked forward to it. I haven’t seen a vegan version in grocery stores, so I decided to just make one up. This recipe is family friendly, easy, and it’s great comfort food. I hope you enjoy it!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Cuisine: American, Vegan

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  • ½ box of whole wheat macaroni or penne pasta.
  • 1 block of Daiya Cheddar Cheese or other preferred vegan cheese.
  • Meatless crumbles or other vegan meat (I used half a package).
  • ½ cup of soy milk or other diary free milk.
  • ¼ of a yellow onion (diced).
  • ½ cup of spinach (chopped).
  • 1-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
  • ½ tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • Dash of salt.
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika.
  • ¼ package of taco seasoning (for meatless crumbles).
  • ½ tablespoon of oil or vegan butter.


  • Boil pasta according to package instructions.
  • Sauté onion and garlic in a nonstick skillet.
  • Over medium heat, add in meatless crumbles to the skillet and cook according to package instructions.
  • Add in seasoning packet to the meat mixture with a few tablespoons of water.
  • When mixture is browned, turned down heat to low. Set aside for later.
  • Drain pasta and set aside for later.
  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add vegan butter and part of the nutritional yeast and mix this together. When it has thickened, add in the soy milk.
  • Cut vegan cheese block into small pieces and add into milk mixture.
  • Stir occasionally so there are no clumps and when mixture is completely melted add to the pasta. You might have to add more soy milk as you go along.
  • Then, add the meat mixture into pasta (drain any excess liquid before doing this).
  • Optional: add chopped spinach, paprika, and remaining nutritional yeast to the finished product.

 Additional Comments:

  • If you don’t have access to a ground beef substitute, you could use tempeh or a mushroom mixture.
  • For a healthier cheese substitute, you could do a cashew cheese. To make this, blend together 1 cup of soaked cashews with nutritional yeast and a steamed potato and a steamed carrot (with soy milk or water).
  • Add whatever seasonings you prefer!

 I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Thanks for reading and tell me in the comments what your go-to comfort food is.

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    the island vegan
    October 11, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I have to try this. My mom made Hamburger Helper for us frequently when I was a kid and it was one of my fav meals. Great pics as well. Also, my comfort food is pizza/mac n cheese/peas n rice…basically carbs!

    • Reply
      October 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you and I hope you try it! I love basically any carbs too haha!

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    October 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Looks delightful ..will definitely try this😃❤

    • Reply
      October 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, let me know how you like it!

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    October 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

    I’m so looking forward to trying this. Looks so tasty and juicy OMG!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      October 22, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thank you for commenting! I hope you try it!

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