Multi mince

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
Use this great mince recipe as a base for bolognese or cottage pie - freeze a batch ready to whip out for last-minute dinners

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal220
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1kg lean minced beef
  • 2 back bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 150ml red wine
  • 500ml beef stock (from a cube is fine)
  • leaves from 3 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. When hot, tip in the mince and cook for 10 mins until browned all over, breaking up any lumps with the back of a spoon. Tip onto a plate. You may need to do this in batches.

  2. Add the bacon to the pan with the onions and garlic, then cook for 7 mins until the bacon is cooked and onion softened. Return the mince to the pan, then pour in the red wine, stock and thyme leaves. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 mins until the mince is tender and the sauce has reduced down. Once cool, can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Comments (32)

GermanCookey's picture

I used a bottle of Guinness instead of red wine and it was delicious! My guests stuffed their faces until they had trouble breathing... :)

squeeze101's picture

I used diced chorizo instead of bacon - gave it a really great flavour.

kiwiinlux's picture

I made this exactly as the recipe stated, except I used dried thyme. I split it into 3 lots, used one lot right away for cottage pie and it was delicious. The other two portions I froze and used one for nachos (added salsa and kidney beans), the other for spag bol (added tin toms and tomato paste). I have to admit that after freezing it was actually much more tasty, and I didn't find at any stage that there was too much liquid.

donna1923's picture

I did this tonight for the family and it went down a treat and enough left over to freeze for another day. I added a splash of Worcestershire sauce and some tomato puree. I only used 250 ml of water for this with 2 stock cubes and a little splash of extra wine and this was more than sufficient. I served with creamy cheesy mash. Will be adapting this for cottage pie and bolognese in future.

bobz78's picture

Love this in both cottage pie, spag bol. and stuffed marrows. Made it a few times and the bacon really makes it so dont miss this out. instead of 500ml stock I use 1 mug hot water with 3 oxo cubes, no need for so much liquid. Also i have made it without the wine and its just as good. My latest variation was to use 100g choped chorizo instead of the bacon and that was soo good!

happysarah's picture

I used lean pork mince this recipe on its own is lovely can't wait to try it as spaghetti bol or cottage pie :-)

moc222's picture

Use half the quantities, add tomato purée and a tin of tomatoes to make a lovely sauce for Spaghetti Bolognese. Allow the sauce to reduce as it produces a lovely rich sauce. Fab recipe.

rafflestiltskin's picture

Great recipe choice for a Saturday evening in, although, next time, I think I would add some tomato puree to the Bolognese Sauce to give it a bit more tomato flavour and perhaps use a different brand of Plum Tomatoes as I thought the sauce was a bit on the thin side. Overall, really enjoyed it!

richowl's picture

Great quick and easy recipe. I would certainly use this over and over again.

beginnersue's picture

This is a great base for spaghetti bolognese and cottage pie. I froze half for cottage pie a week later was lovely. I added an extra rasher bacon which gave it such a lovely taste!

frankier94's picture

drbumwilly thinks this great

helenaash's picture

tasty, easy to throw together and add ingredients too!

rhianthomas1984's picture

very tasty and made loads, used it to make "quick cottage pie" and "so-simple spaghetti bolognese", definately one to keep.

lemon_farmer's picture


It's even quicker to use two pans and cook the meat and the onions at the same time :D

sdw1971's picture

Very tasty. We are a family of seven and it got good ratings across the board

joanne_nl's picture

going to try this this week but can anyone suggest an alternative to the red wine? current plan is to add more stock.

fatface's picture

If you layer this mince with either lasagne sheets or cooked, slice potato and make a cheese sauce to pour on top, add an egg to the sauce which makes it incredibly light and fluffy.

flossieb79's picture

I haven't (yet) made this mix as it is virtually identical to a basic mince mix I have used happily for many years. Just wanted to say I often put smoked bacon in my mix for added flavour and to ring the changes.

berniea's picture

Sounds lovely but hubby doesn't eat meat so vege mince I think, no bacon and vege stock cube which will cut back on the calories on something that is already low calorie.

bobbieparker's picture

Do you have to defrost before cook ing?


Questions (4)

Nadfas's picture

I have followed this way of cooking mince for a long time but it is always CHEWY and RUBBERY. Always use Best Mince. Please someone tell me what I am doing wrong!! Ann.

goodfoodteam's picture

Beef mince can be a bit tough, despite its small size. The next time you make a Bolognese or dish like this put it in the oven set at about 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and leave it to cook for at least an hour. You might find it more to your liking.

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squeeze101's picture

I used diced chorizo instead of bacon - gave it a really great flavour.