Multi mince

Multi mince

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(23 ratings)

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

  • kcalories220
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 tbsp 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…

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  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)

emmapricester's picture

I used this to make cottage pie - it was the best tasting cottage pie I have made!! - However it was a little bit dry so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how to add extra gravy to the mix? Thanks!

chockagirl's picture

Thanks AngelCake - my mistake! :)

pariss's picture

I know what you mean Cazza..but the picture is also for the Cottage Pie recipe which does in fact use mushrooms! lol

chockagirl's picture

I haven't made this but the photo clearly shows mushrooms which aren't listed in the ingredients. This always irritates me!

Kate TB's picture
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Ooooo it's lovely, added chopped courgettes and mushrooms and served it on a beautifully crisp jacket potato.....

doriam21's picture

I added grated carrot, made a Bechamel sauce, used lasagne sheets and made a lasagne. So yummy. My grandson loved it as well.

fulgencio's picture
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Oh yuk
Didn't like this at all. Used the base mix with the bolognes recipe. Found it very bland so had to add tomato puree and - a jar of bolognes sauce to diguise the flavour. But, have to add that I can't get fresh thyme here (in Spain) so used dried, maybe that's what ruined it.

takarajayne's picture
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Fantastic!! My fussy children loved it as a cottage pie. It made lots, but all the more for freezing!!!

Would recommend, and will make it again!

nortbutnice's picture
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Truly gorgeous, really tasty, will make again and again!

jacobsden's picture

Really tasty made it up for a spaghettii sauce freezed the remaining rather yummy!!!!

samjones01's picture
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I didn't have any beef mince so used lamb, and also added finely grated courgette & carrot (VERY fussy three year old). Served it as Shepherds Pie topped with mashed potato & sweet potato and it was fantastic! Two children had seconds who don't normally eat mince!!!!!

georgeb74's picture
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Absolutely delicious! Loved the bacon in it - gave it a really nice taste. I used the mince to make a cottage pie - yum!


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