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Veganized Hamburger Helper

Ah, the nostalgic flavors of Hamburger Helper. That weird little sentient glove that somehow cooked up the iconic family dinner of my childhood. Seriously, WTF is that glove doing?!? Anyways, here's a recipe to make your own Hambuger Helper but using real ingredients and not a flavor packet.
Servings - 8 People


  • 1 pound protein of your choice (I used my seitan crumbles from this blog post)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (helps bring out tomato flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I prefer oatmilk)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch (whisked into the milk)
  • 16 ounces dried elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups vegan cheddar cheese (I prefer Violife brand or Parmela )


  • If using the seitan from this blog post make that first then transfer it to a metal/glass bowl so you can reuse the pan for the rest of this recipe.
  • Whisk the cornstarch in with the milk. Set aside.
  • In a large frying pan or dutch oven saute the onion until it is translucent and just starting to brown. Sprinkle the paprika and sugar on the onions and cook while stirring for less than a minute. Pour in the tomatoes, salt, and broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Pour in the oatmilk/cornstarch, stir, and once it starts to simmer pour in the dry noodles. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. Stir. Cook an additional 4 minutes while stirring periodically.
  • Add in the seitan or protein of choice, mix, then sprinkle on the cheese. Mix together, turn off heat, let rest for 10 minutes uncovered before serving.
  • If you really want to be nostalgic you'll serve this with some Tang in those Disney jam jars! Man, I miss the 80s/90s.


Good protein choices for this recipe: seitan crumbles, firm tofu, beans, firm cooked lentils, crumbled tempeh.