My homemade vegan hamburger helper recipe is a healthier, more delicious version of the boxed stuff! This dairy free hamburger helper is really easy to make and it comes together super fast! The vegan cheese sauce is a healthy alternative to a traditional homemade hamburger helper recipe. This recipe is similar to a homemade Vegan Mac n Cheese, but the meatiness added from the Gardein beefless ground really makes this dish hearty! Think of it like a healthy cheeseburger pasta dish-pass the fork please!!
What Makes This Vegan Hamburger Helper so Good?
This vegan recipe offers you the best of both worlds. With this plant based hamburger helper you’ll be eating a meal with more nutritional value than the boxed version. When you eat vegan you also reduce your carbon footprint and save an animals life-what’s not to love about that. Did I mention this is such a creamy and decadent sauce that you won’t believe it’s not dairy?
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How do you make hamburger helper better?
We all know that the boxed version of hamburger helper is more of a convenience item than a nutritional recipe. In order to make this vegan hamburger helper recipe better I’ve replaced the meat with a delicious alternative, and I’ve made a homemade vegan cheese sauce from whole plant foods. This healthy hamburger helper has more fiber, less fat, zero cholesterol and all the delicious comfort of a classic homemade hamburger helper.
This Vegan Hamburger Helper is:
- dairy free
- uses whole plant foods to replicate the cheese
- cholesterol free
- full of fiber
- meat free
- cruelty free
Okay, but Can you really make Hamburger Helper without meat?
YES!! For this recipe I’ve decided to use the Gardein Beefless Ground, which is currently my favourite ground meat substitute. To make this recipe even healthier, go ahead and replace the meat with lentils! I would go with a green or brown lentil as they tend to keep their shape better in the mixture. Their flavour is incredible and you’ll benefit from the added fiber and micro-nutrients.
What’s the Vegan Cheese Sauce Made From?
To make things extra simple I use my Cashew Sour Cream recipe as a base for my cheese sauce. Cashews are the perfect dairy free alternative. They are incredibly smooth! They add a hint of sweetness, just like dairy!
To this base, I add in some nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavour to the cream. Garlic salt, turmeric and fresh cracked black pepper pull everything together!
How to Make Homemade Vegan Hamburger Helper
This recipe is ready to eat in under 20 minutes. If you already have frozen pasta you can use, then its even faster! Use my frozen pasta trick to make dinner come together in a flash.
The BEST Pasta Hack:
- Make extra pasta
- Drain and rinse pasta under cold water
- Place in a freezer proof container or ziploc bag (re-use this bag again and again!)
- When you need pasta, simply run the frozen pasta under hot water in a strainer. No need to boil it again.
The texture remains chewy and this whole process takes about 2 minutes.
Vegan Hamburger Helper
This meat free, dairy free hamburger helper is comfort food at its best! Creamy, hearty and satisfying. You wont miss the meat!
- 1/2 Onion diced
- 1 1/2 cups ground meat substitute about half a package
- 6 cups cooked pasta
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 3/4 cup cashew sour cream
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup dairy free cheese shreds
- fresh cracked pepper to taste and for garnish
If you don't already have pasta on hand, boil water in a large pot an cook 1/2 package of dry pasta according to the package directions. Use my Frozen Pasta Tip and skip this step, or make the entire package to freeze extra for next time.
Water saute your diced onion over medium heat using the sauce pan.
Once the onion begins to soften, add in your ground meat substitute. My favourite is Gardein, but Yves makes a comparable product as well. To make this recipe even healthier, you could use cooked lentils or a bean of your choice.
Sprinkle the meat and onion mixture with garlic salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
Add in your cashew sour cream, turmeric and nutritional yeast. Mix to combine.
Add in the water and stir.
Drain your fresh pasta, or rinse your frozen, previously cooked pasta under hot water. Add about 6 cups of pasta to your meat mixture. Stir to combine.
Continue to cook over medium heat until your sauce reaches desired consistency, about 2-5 minutes.
Remove the sauce pan from the heat and sprinkle in your dairy free cheese.
Serve with fresh cracked pepper, extra dairy free cheese, or vegan Parmesan cheese.
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