Actual conversation/situation between younger Leslie and her mom, Linda.

Leslie’s thoughts 5 years ago:  Kyle loves lasagna. I want to make the hubs happy. Ah-ha! I will make him lasagna tonight. Yes, great idea! Let’s see, I need shredded cheese – check! Pasta sauce – check! Cottage cheese –  check! Lasagna noodles….

Lasagna noodles….

Lasagna NOODLES! How can I forget the noodles? Can I still make lasagna? What do I do? Don’t panic, don’t panic – call mom.

So I did.

Mom’s response?

“Leslie, do you have any other pasta in your cupboard? Just use that, throw it in a pan, and you have skillet lasagna!”


Mom saved supper that night several years ago, and it’s been a fan favorite in my house since. I don’t think I’ve even made the original lasagna since that night. Why would I? This is such an easy, tasty recipe. The picture does not do it justice.


If you haven’t tried this, you need to. Pair a tasty lettuce salad and crunchy bread on the side – and you have dinner tonight!

15 Minute Skillet Pasta


  • 1 lb ground beef.
  • 2 1/2 cups Penne Rigate (or any smaller/fat pasta on hand).
  • 1 (24 oz) jar of your favorite pasta sauce.
  • 1 cup cottage cheese.
  • 1 80z pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese

(*sometimes I add more cottage cheese and less shredded)


Boil pasta. While pasta is cooking, brown hamburger. Drain grease. Add cheese, cottage cheese, and pasta sauce to your hamburger. Stir. Add pasta. Toss.



Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.