Old-fashioned savoury mince recipe

One of the best things about savoury mince is how easy it is to batch cook and freeze! Get a big batch cooking recipe for classic Australian savoury mince, plus get 5 great ideas to use it for any meal.

In partnership and featuring recipes from Rosella.

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Old-fashioned savoury mince recipe

Savoury mince is a dinner-time saviour in households across Australia. Easy to batch cook, freeze, and super versatile, it's an ideal recipe for any busy lifestyle. Learn how to make it the old-fashioned way with beef mince, veggies and tomato sauce, the best way to freeze it and 5 ingenious ways to enjoy it.

Savoury mince recipe


Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:  35 minutes
Makes:  3 batches of Savoury Mince


2 tbsp oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1kg organic beef mince
1 tbsp plain flour
1 large carrot, finely diced
½ cup (125ml) Rosella Organic Tomato Sauce, plus extra to serve
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp soy sauce
1½ cups (375ml) organic beef stock
1 x 300g canned corn kernels, drained
200g green beans, ends trimmed and diced


  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes to soften
  2. Add mince and cook, stirring and breaking up lumps until brown and crumbly. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add carrot and stir through
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, mustard, soy sauce and beef stock and mix well. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Add corn and beans and cook for a further 10 minutes, uncovered. Remove and let cool before freezing (see tips below).

Get the recipe you can save to your myfoodbook cookbooks here: Savoury Mince

How to freeze savoury mince

Savoury mince freezes well for up to 2 months. This recipe is ideal for freezing because it makes 3 batches of mince that serve 4, or 12 servings in total. Follow the steps to freeze:

  • Let cool completely. Divide into individual or family serving sizes.
  • Place into airtight containers or zip lock bags.
  •  Label and freeze for up to 2 months.

How to use savoury mince

1. Cottage pie

One of the simplest ways to use savoury mince is to turn it into cottage pie. Top it with mashed potato and pop it back in the oven at 200°C for 20 minutes or until golden. Or, you can simply make mash and serve the mince on top. Add some cheese to the mash for an extra tasty meal.


2. Stuffed mushrooms

Get the recipe: Savoury Mince Stuffed Mushrooms

Fill portabella mushrooms with savoury mince, top with cheese and bake until golden and bubbling. This is a lower-carb option that's super easy and flavourful.


3. Savoury mince pie maker pies

Pull out the pie maker, thaw some puff pastry and whip up some great little pies using this mince mix! It's thick and saucy enough that you don't need to do any other tweaking or thickening - it's ready to go right into the pie maker.


4. Savoury mince pasta

You could easily use this mince mixture to make lasagna. Layer it with bechamel, mozzarella and pasta sheets, then bake at 200°C for 45-60 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.

To make a savoury mince pasta bake: cook four serves of pasta, mix with a batch of savoury mince and 1½ cups of grated cheese. Place in a baking dish and top with another ½ cup cheese, then bake at 200°C for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

Or, simply cook 4 servings of your favourite pasta shape and toss with savoury mince to finish. 


5. Sloppy joes

Fill a burger bun with your favourite toppings and swap out the patty for a serve of mince. Or for something similar but a bit more refined, top a thick slice of sourdough with slices of fresh tomato then mince. Top with cheese and grill until golden and bubbly. This is ideal as a snack or light lunch too.


A batch of savoury mince in the freezer makes dinner time so easy! For more easy dinner ideas, check out the recipes below.

More easy dinner recipes

GET THE RECIPE: Bangers and Mash Pie

Bangers and mash is another classic Aussie dinner, and this version turns it into a saucy cottage pie.

GET THE RECIPE: One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice Bake

One pan = easy clean up! Full of rich spices and chunks of chicken and chorizo, this meal will make the family happy.



Have you heard about Rosella's Organic Sriracha Tomato Sauce?

Learn more about this spicy new addition to Rosella's range of sauces, made with all Australian grown organic ingredients.


Rosella is a contributing recipe partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Rosella and our own opinions. You can find out more about the full range of Rosella products here.

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