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Vegan Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni
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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
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 296kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Chop soaked chickpeas in a food processor until you get a nice crumble.
  • Saute onion with broth or oil until it gets translucent. Add the rest of the meaty crumble ingredients and mix well.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!

Notes

  • The cheese sauce recipe makes 4 cups. Save the leftovers for another use, such as nachos, plain macaroni and cheese, a dip for veggies, cheese fries, etc. It also freezes well.
Tips to prep ahead:
  • Make cheese sauce. Soak chickpeas.
Baby/toddler food idea:
  • Best kid food ever. Overcook pasta for young baby and mash well.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 898mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 34125IU | Vitamin C: 28.8mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2.7mg