Vegan Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

Vegan Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

Taking your favorite old school comfort food from bad to healthy. This vegan hamburger helper is made from all whole foods but you wouldn't know it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger macaroni, hamburger helper
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 296 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


  • 16 ounces macaroni pasta , gluten free if needed (I use Living Now Organic Quinoa Macaroni)
  • 2 cups Ultimate Cheese Sauce , adjust this amount to make it as cheesy you prefer it

Meaty crumble:

  • ½ cup dried chickpeas , soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup sweet or yellow onion , finely chopped
  • veggie broth or drizzle of oil to sauté
  • 1 cup veggie broth , low sodium if needed
  • ½ cup diced roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
US Customary - Metric


  1. Chop soaked chickpeas in a food processor until you get a nice crumble.
  2. Saute onion with broth or oil until it gets translucent. Add the rest of the meaty crumble ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated and the beans are cooked, stirring often. Watch closely because the beans can stick, especially if not using oil. If they begin to stick, lower heat and continue to mix.
  4. Once done, add cheese sauce and mix well. You can add less or more cheese sauce to make it as cheesy as you prefer. I added 1 1/2 cups

  5. Meanwhile, cook your favorite pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse, then add to the hamburger cheese mix. Stir to incorporate, plate and serve fresh!

Recipe Notes

Tips to prep ahead:

Baby/toddler food idea:

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 654mg27%
Potassium 898mg26%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 34125IU683%
Vitamin C 28.8mg35%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.