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Mince and Tatties

Preparation: 15 mins

Cooking: 45 mins

Serves 4, costs under £5.00


  • Lean (500g) Minced Beef
  • 1 Medium Sized (150g) Onion
  • 2 Medium Sized (160g) Carrots
  • 1 Sticks (30g) Celery
  • 1 Tablespoons (10g) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (40g) Plain Flour
  • 1 Reduced Salt (7g) Beef Stock Cube
  • Boiling (600ml) Water
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Medium Sized (340g) Potatoes

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.


  1. Peel and chop the onion, carrots, celery and potatoes.

  2. Fry the onion, carrots and celery in the vegetable oil over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened.

  3. Increase the heat and add the minced beef to the pan and fry until it is well browned (8-10 minutes).

  4. Reduce the heat and sprinkle the flour over the meat and vegetables and stir for a couple of minutes to cook the flour.

  5. Dissolve the stock cube in the water then add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and pepper to the pan. Stir until the sauce comes to the boil and starts to thicken. Cover the pan and simmer for about 30 minutes until everything is tender, adding more stock if needed.

  6. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water for 20-25 minutes until soft. Use a potato masher or fork and mash the potatoes until smooth. Serve with the mince.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 395g serving (% ref. intake)

Energy Kcals
421.00 (21.00%)
Energy Kj
1760.00 (21.00%)
Total Fat
22.60g (32.00%)
Saturated Fat
8.70g (44.00%)
Total Sugars
6.40g (7.00%)
NSP Fibre
0.80g (14.00%)

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