Failsafe Mince in the Thermomix

This recipe is the basis I use for all my mince dishes. It is a failsafe mince suitable for an elimination diet, and therefore not a tomato in sight! All our plates come back to the kitchen licked clean and my son and husband always come back for seconds. My daughter, like everything she eats, loves a good squeeze of Pear Ketchup on the top of hers. This is a great dish to hide lots of veggies in, and the Thermomix makes that job so easy!  🙂 

Domestic Diva: Failsafe Mince In The Thermomix

1 leek
2 cloves garlic
Small handfull of fresh parsley or a sprinkle of dried.
Sprinkle of dried Chives
6 – 8 Brussle Sprouts
50g Vegetable oil
2 pears – tinned or fresh
30g Brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Vegetable Stock Concentrate
50 g pear syrup (from the tinned pears) or water
1 kg mince

Chop leek into chunks and add to TM bowl with the garlic, herbs and Brussle Sprouts. Chop on speed 7 for 2 sec.
Add oil and saute for 3 minutes at 100 deg on speed 1.
Add pears, brown sugar and stock. Mix together for 3 sec on speed 4.
Add syrup then mince. Cook for 15 minutes at Varoma Temperature on Reverse speed 1.
After 2 minutes use the spatula through the lid to help stir the mince. Leave the MC (measuring cup off) and place the basket on top of the lid to help the sauce to reduce and stop the spitting.
Pour into Thermoserver for at least 10 minutes or until ready to eat. Give mince a good stir before serving and serve with pasta or rice pasta.

Variations: You can add some celery ( low salicylates),  zucchini and/or carrot (both moderate salicylates) to the dish with the leek.

Tips: If there happens to be any leftovers, I freeze it in quantities that will feed just the kids for a meal to grab out of the freezer. This is great for nights when my hubby and I are going to have a special dinner once the kids are in bed.



  1. Sounds nice! What vege stock do you use?

    • Cath, I make my own Failsafe vegetable stock concentrate in the Thermomix, one I have adapted from the Thermomix Everyday cookbook. That is probably another recipe I should post! 🙂

  2. mel roberts says

    thanks for putting this recipe up! We all enjoyed it this evening, will be a popular one here too id say 🙂

  3. Hi just a thermomix question – we are amine responders here – do you know if the thermy makes cooking meat easier without browning? I have no idea how it works but the recipes look fabulous in the time saving department!

    • Hi Lisa, One of the things I love about the Thermomix is that it does cook meat quickly without the browning you get from a frying pan and you don’t have to stand there stirring it! The longer meat is cooked, it becomes higher in amines, so for me I find it helps as it is a quicker cooking process. It is a fantastic time saver in the kitchen overall. 🙂

  4. Naomi Herron says

    HI Rona, Thank you for posting your recipes. When my son was a baby he couldn’t tolerate my breast milk after I gave him a bottle of formula one evening (just the once!) – his birth was also complicated and I wonder if that had an effect. I tried an elimination diet but eventually gave up as he reacted to all the foods I introduced. The doctor prescibed Neocate and he lived on that for months. At around one and a half, food intolerances were ruled out by a specialist but he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at 6. After a year of psychologists, who claimed his behaviour wasn’t food related, I decided to try another eliimination diet and his behaviour has improved remarkably but he’s reacted to salicylates, amines, dairy, maybe cashews and we are yet to try gluten and glutemates (too hard over christmas). It’s so much work but wonderful people like you make life much easier. The natural food cafe at the sunshine coast is pretty great as we can eat out! Naomi x

    • Thanks for sharing Naomi, you have had quite a journey! So great you have hung in there and kept trying for you son, wonderful when you finally see results isn’t it! Which Natural Food Cafe do you go to? Blessings. xx

  5. This was super easy and tasty. It also froze and defrosted great. I’ve had it with mashed potatoes, with rice noodles, with GF pasta, and even wrapped with lettuce. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  6. Yum this recipe was great! Super easy and tasty. I’ve had it with rice noodles, with mashed potato, with GF pasta, and even did it in a lettuce wrap. Thanks for a great meal!!

  7. I used this recipe as inspiration and used the garlic, leek, fs stock, assorted veggies I had in the fridge (green cabbage, swede, a little bit of pumpkin, peeled zucchini) and some minced lamb and chucked it all the fry pan with some canola oil. It has, to my surprise, turned out to be edible. I will have it with some spaghetti tonight! (I didn’t want to use pears, brown sugar etc because I find many FS recipes too sweet and struggle to find savoury flavours). Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Chelsea Issa says

    New to FS and regrettably no thermomix yet.
    Do you think I could blend up or food process all the veggies first and cook in the pan after? Or cook veg first and then blend and add in?
    Thanks for any tips! 🙂

    • Hi, yes you could chop all the veggies in a food processor then cook them in a pan with a little oil before adding in the meat and remaining ingredients.

  9. Adelle Suitor says

    Thanks Rona! I used this recipe tonight – 1st time using my Thermomix! Everyone loved it! (added a few extra things for the non failsafers)

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