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Fast & Easy Dinner: French-Fry Pie

Fast & Easy Dinner: French-Fry Pie

Some Fridays, I arrive home exhausted from a hectic and busy week. I'm not afraid to admit that on these days, I receive a lot of help from the grocery store. Tonight's meal consists of only three easy ingredients and makes for a filling, effortless meal. Flavor ground beef with marinara sauce, and top the whole thing with shoe string French fries. It's a deconstructed version of the classic shepherd's pie, but without all the chopping and stirring. Get the recipe now,

French-Fry Pie
From Real Simple magazine

4 cups frozen shoe-string French fries
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 14-ounce jar marinara sauce

  1. Heat oven to 425° F. Spread the fries on a baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the ground beef in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until no trace of pink remains, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat.
  3. Add the marinara sauce and cook until warmed through. Transfer to an 8-by-11-inch or 8-inch-square baking dish.
  4. Top with the fries. Return to oven for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
oinkoink oinkoink 9 years
Must try this! Why haven't I thought of this recipe? I love anything with french fries!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I want to try this!
saffy1227 saffy1227 9 years
misslarue misslarue 9 years
Usually I love all the recipes here, but this one, not so much...
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 9 years
What? No mozzarella on top????
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
What a strange idea! I would definitely try this out.
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
This is to die for, I'm a sucker for French Fries
lisabunny lisabunny 9 years
I like chili fries, not so sure about spaghetti fries.
tati33 tati33 9 years
sounds good..but I agree i feel like i would need to eat it with spagetthi..
mlplant mlplant 9 years
I make something similar, which is nicknamed poop slop. It's ground beef mixed with beef gravy, and whatever canned vegetables are on hand and then it's topped with tater tots and then cheese. It looks horrible, but is soo tasty for a quick fix meal.
unpocojmoney unpocojmoney 9 years
This definitely sounds interesting. I don't know if I'd try it.
Scarlet Scarlet 9 years
Sounds incredibly yummy but I would probably have to whip up a salad for some veggies.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
that meal sounds like it's going to give me heartburn. lol!
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
OMG! i had that real simple issue where they had that recipe! it looks damn good too. but lol, that was when i found out my cholesterol/triglycerides were too high so i never got a chance to eat that :P but maybe i will next week...oooh it sounds good. id' still have to eat it with spaghetti just bc i'm weird like that.
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