Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that's fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal
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Fry your bacon and mince off in batches in a large pan until browned. Put into your slow cooker, add the veg, garlic, herbs, 4 x 400g cans tomatoes, tomato purée, wine, vinegar, sugar and seasoning. Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours, then uncover, turn to High and cook for another hour until thick and saucy.
Use lamb mince instead of beef, swap the mixed herbs for 2 tbsp each ground cinnamon and cumin, and use 2 handfuls dried apricots instead of mushrooms.
Boil 2kg potatoes until tender, drain, then mash with 100g butter and 100g grated cheese. Spoon the mince between 2 large baking dishes and top with the mash. Bake at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 until golden and bubbling.