Vegan Hamburger Helper

I grew up eating Hamburger Helper on a regular basis. It was an easy go-to meal for my busy mom. I didn't realize I missed that processed, salty deliciousness until my friend Lizi made some homemade (non-vegan) Hamburger Helper. The smell was so good! Cheesy, savory, garlicy... mmm! I decided to try my hand at a vegan version and this is what I came up with. 


Vegan Hamburger Helper

Cheesy Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup finely chopped potato
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)

Seasoning Mix Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp corn starch 
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • pinch black pepper
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried onions
  • 3-4 tbsp water

Hamburger & Pasta:

  • 1 pound of pasta
  • 1 package of vegan ground beef (I used Boca)
  • 6-8 cups of water


  1. Combine the diced potato, carrot, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the "ground beef". Add the pasta and water and simmer. Keep an eye out and add more water if necessary. Cook for approximately 10 minutes. 
  3. In a high speed blender (or food processor) combine all of the "cheesy sauce" ingredients, including the cooked carrots/potatoes AND their cooking liquid. Blend on high speed until creamy. 
  4. Combine all of the "Seasoning Mix" ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Add to the large skillet with ground beef and pasta. Bring it to a boil. The remaining liquid should thicken. NOTE: adding water to the powdered seasoning before adding them to the skillet will prevent lumps!
  5. Finally, stir the cheesy mixture in the blender into the cooked, seasoned pasta.