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Nourishing Cheeseburger Soup (Hamburger Helper Style)

Prep

20 minutes

Cook

40 minutes

Yield

8

This nourishing cheeseburger soup recipe is one of the best homemade soup recipes you can make. It’s hearty, filling, and super easy to make. It reminds me of hamburger helper, but of course, with a vegetarian substitute for the hamburger meat. 

Ladle scooping out cheeseburger soup from a large pot

Why you’ll love this cheeseburger soup: 

  • Quick Prep: Prep this hearty soup in just 20 minutes 
  • Filling: The mix of veggies, and vegan, ground round makes this soup recipe very filling 
  • Nostalgic: Hamburger Helper to me just reminds me of a quick meal parents would whip up when you were younger, this is a better, yummier, soup version 

Fresh ingredients for cheeseburger soup on a counter

Ingredient Notes: 

Cashew Cream: Cashew cream is a great substitute for regular, dairy cream in creamy soups. Although cashew cream is still high in calories and fat, like dairy cream, most of its fat is heart-healthier unsaturated, which means it’s definitely a healthier (vegan) substitute from regular cream.

Vegetables: I used a mix of veggies in this soup like onion, celery, carrots, peppers, potatoes, etc. but you can really get creative and add in less of these, more of these, or swap them all together for other veggies you have on hand. It’s pretty hard to mess up this cheeseburger soup! 

Cheeseburger soup in a big pot on counter with ladle in it

How to make cheeseburger soup: 

  1. For the soup, prepare all of your vegetables.
  2. Dice the yellow onion, russet potatoes, celery, carrots, and bell peppers to be the small-medium size.
  3. In a large soup pot add the olive oil and heat for 20-30 seconds on medium-high heat before adding your diced yellow onion. 
  4. Sweat this out for around 3 – 5 minutes.  
  5. Mince the garlic + add it to the pot. 
  6. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant and slightly soft.
  7. Add the russet potatoes, celery, carrots, and bell peppers stir consistently, and cook for 8 – 10 minutes until tender on medium-low heat. 
  8. Add the ground round, I used Yves, breaking it up with your spoon.
  9. Add the tomato paste, fresh thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and ancho chili powder, cooking for 5 minutes on medium heat. The longer you cook this, the stronger the flavors will be!
  10. Add the bouillon paste and boiling water to the pot.
  11. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
  12. Add the elbow macaroni to the pot, cooking until the macaroni is cooked + tender. 
  13. Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese. 
  14. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  15. Serve immediately with fresh herbs!

Close-up of cheeseburger soup cooking in a pot

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

cheese: Add some extra cheese on top of your soup when serving.

How do I make this vegan? Use your favorite plant-based milk and vegan cheese instead of the heavy cream/cheddar cheese!

Do I have to use pasta? Omit the pasta and add 1 – 2 more russet potatoes OR swap the elbow macaroni for gluten free pasta!

Storage: Store soup in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 4 – 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Nourishing Cheeseburger Soup (Hamburger Helper Style)

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American Inspired, Vegetarian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This creamy, easy cheeseburger soup reminds me of a vegan spin-off of Hamburger Helper. It’s nostalgic, comforting, and delicious!


Ingredients

Scale

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion 

3 large garlic cloves 

3 medium sized carrots 

2 stalks of celery 

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

2 medium russet potatoes

1 package vegan ground round, I use Yves brand

3 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp red chili flakes

½ tsp ancho chili powder

2 tbsp bouillon paste

6 cups hot water

1 ½ cups elbow macaroni

1 cup heavy cream or cashew cream 

2 cups white cheddar cheese or vegan white cheddar cheese


Instructions

For the soup, prepare all of your vegetables.

Dice the yellow onion, russet potatoes, celery, carrots and bell peppers to be small-medium size.

In a large soup pot add the olive oil and heat for 20-30 seconds on medium-high heat before adding your diced yellow onion. 

Sweat this out for around 3 – 5 minutes.  

Mince the garlic + add it to the pot. 

Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant and slightly soft.

Add the russet potatoes, celery, carrots, and bell peppers, stir consistently and cook for 8 – 10 minutes until tender on medium-low heat. 

Add the ground round, I used Yves, breaking it up with your spoon.

Add the tomato paste, fresh thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, chili flakes, and ancho chili powder, cooking for 5 minutes on medium heat. The longer you cook this, the stronger the flavours will be!

Add the bouillon paste and boiling water to the pot.

Allow to cook for 10 minutes on medium-high heat.

Add the elbow macaroni to the pot, cooking until the macaroni is cooked + tender. 

Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese. 

Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve immediately with fresh herbs!

Notes

Add some extra cheese on top of your soup when serving.

Use your favourite plant-based milk and vegan cheese instead of the heavy cream/cheddar cheese!

Omit the pasta and add 1 – 2 more russet potatoes.

OR swap the elbow macaroni for gluten free pasta!

Store soup in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 4 – 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 381
  • Sugar: 5.5g
  • Sodium: 280.8mg
  • Fat: 20.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.8g
  • Fiber: 4.7g
  • Protein: 14.1g
  • Cholesterol: 49.6mg

Keywords: recipe, easy, best, homemade

LAURA

It’s snowing, and this is delicious and so easy to bring the family together on a cold night. !!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thanks, Laura! This is one of my favourite new soups on the blog by far! I am so glad you loved it!

natasha

This is a great recipe. Huge hit with the whole family. Easy to make with clear directions. Will definitely make this again.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, Natasha! Glad you loved it!

AMelia

Absolutely loved it! I’m actually making it for the 3rd time right now!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the support!!!

JOanne

This recipe is great and we absolutely loved it! It was easy to make and cook it all in one pot made clean up a breeze.

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love to hear that!

Michelle

This was easy and delicious. It was one of those dishes that I like more the more I ate it.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Isn’t it just so good!

Alyssa

So easy and hearty! Makes a ton so it’s good for groups!

Maria Koutsogiannis

100%!!

KIM

Well, another hit recipe, fantastic after a cross country ski with some crunchy bread and a beer.

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love that for you so much kim

Renee

I made this for the first time a few days ago. We love this recipe. My husband said it’s the best vegan comfort food ever and I agree.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for the love, renee!

KAthleen

Another amazing recipe of yours!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you!!

Annie D

Soooo yummy and easy to make – perfect comfort food. Will definitely be making again!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love on this one my friend!

Rita MacDonald

You always have the best recipes but so easy to find the recipe. I appreciate that!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much!

Joelle Humphreys

Amazing Maria!! I used cashew cream and the cheddar. It looked as though it was going to be super thick and rich …..nope…it was in fact perfect! Highly recommend! Once again, well done you!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

SOOOOOOO GOOD, right? Was it everything you hoped for?

Bonnie Faucher

Love this recipe! Easy to make and delicious!! Just the right amount of spice.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much, bonnie!

Joelle Humphreys

Is it wrong that I have butterflies knowing that I am making this for dinner tonight. Haha. I can’t wait. I’ll let you know my thoughts on it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

hahahahah no not at all!! YOURE GOING TO LOVE IT SO MUCH! please let me know how it goes!

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