Basic Mince recipe

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Spaghetti and mince
Spaghetti Bolognese, a firm family favorite

This is my basic mince recipe for all mince dishes, it is easy to vary it with other flavours

Serves 4-5 people


15 ml cooking oil

500 gm lean beef mince

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic diced

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp dried sweet basil

1/2 cup oat bran

1 can chopped tomatoes

1/2 water or stock

Salt and pepper to taste


Lightly fry the onions and garlic, until glassy. Remove from the oil and set aside the pan.

In a mixing bowl mix all the ingredients together, adding the onion and garlic.

Return the beef mixture to the frying pan and cook over a medium to high heat until done. About 10-15 minutes.

Serve with any type of pasta, also good with mash potatoes or rice.


To make a sweet mince add 1/2 peach chutney.

To make a curried flavour mince add 1-2 tsp Garam Masala to the onions when frying.

You can substitute the onion with 2 baby marrows (courgettes) finely grated.

Add 1/4 cup finely grated carrots to the mince to add more vegetables to the dish.

Need to make it stretch more, add a can of speckled beans mashed up into the mixture, this not only takes it from serving 4 people to 6 people, but it is a good source of fibre and makes the meal into a healthy option for diabetics as it lowers the GI.