Hamburger Helper

This is my oil-free, salt savvy, peppered adaptation of the unbelievably good Vegan Hamburger Helper recipe by @itdoesnttastelikechicken.

Plant-based hamburger helper

Hamburger Helper

A delightfully classic Hamburger Helper recipe adaptation of the one posted by @itdoesnttastelikechicken. This is real home cookin' at its finest!
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings



For the Tofu:

For the Hamburger Helper:


For the Tofu:

  • In a steel mixing bowl, mix nutritional yeast with soy sauce with your hand to make a paste.
  • Crumble tofu over paste in small pieces, then gently fold in the paste several times with your hand (or a rubber spatula) until tofu is well coated.
  • Line an air fryer with a little parchment, put the crumbled, seasoned tofu in there at 300F for 20 mins, turning a few times during cooking, and then just switch it to dehydrate to concentrate a bit more for about 10 mins.

For the Pasta:

  • While the tofu is cooking, dry saute the onion in a skillet over medium heat to soften it. After several minutes, add the garlic for another minute or two to gently saute it.
  • Add water through macaroni, cover, and gently simmer, stirring occasionally until al dente.
  • Once pasta is al dente, stir in tofu crumbles.
  • Add cornstarch slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch + ¼ cup water) and stir to thicken.
  • Add salt to taste. Add a few cracks of fresh ground pepper for depth.
  • Serve topped with more fresh ground pepper.
Keyword homecooking, skilletmeal
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Acknowledging Recipe Roots

I’m passionate about giving credit where it’s due when it comes to the inspiration behind the recipes I cook and share. I recognize the hard work and creativity of the original recipe authors, and I aim to honor their contributions by acknowledging the foundations upon which my adaptations are built. By sharing my personal take on these recipes, I hope to continue the tradition of culinary collaboration and innovation, and I hope you do, too!

In This Recipe…

I omitted the oil, used macaroni noodles, air fried the tofu, used low-sodium soy sauce, used homemade low-salt chicken-style bouillon powder, added a bit of extra water and finished the dish with ground black pepper. The recipe is based on Sam’s from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. She shares lots of great stuff on her site, check it out!

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