The best cuts for Italian pasta recipes
Beef mince. Premium, gourmet, lean, best and choice are just some of the terms used by retailers to describe the differing beef mince categories. Ask you butcher about its grade. Veal can be substituted for beef, as can lamb in most recipes.
Italian style meatballs
Moist lemony meatballs with tomato sauce
Boneless shin/gravy beef and other beef casserole cuts are ideal when slowly simmered for a succulent, meaty pasta sauce.
Gnocchi with gravy beef in a red wine sauce
Slow cooked beef ragu
What mince works best with what recipe?
Leanest grades of mince are the preferred choice for health, but a slightly higher fat content will give a better result in some recipes.
Go for lean beef mince for meat sauces used in dishes like bolognaise and lasagna.
Grades of mince with a little more fat are good for meatballs as that little bit of extra fat will keep them moist.