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Crowd Pleasin' Cheesy Sausage Ziti

Level
Easy
Prep
15 minutes
Cook
30 minutes
Servings
18 servings
Crowd Pleasing' Cheesy Sausage Ziti is a new twist on a classic favorite! Traditional mac & cheese becomes even more delicious with the addition of chicken sausage, ziti pasta and a crispy cheddar cracker topping. Introduce macaroni and cheese devotees to their new favorite pasta dish at your next neighborhood potluck!
KEY INGREDIENTS
Carnation
Evaporated Milk
NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk 12 oz
NET 12 fl oz (354 mL)
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 box (16-ounce package) dry ziti, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (12 fluid ounces each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups (two 8-ounce packages) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 links (12 ounces) fully-cooked chicken sausage, cut lengthwise into quarters and into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cheese snack crackers
MAKE IT
Step 1
Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Step 2
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook until softened. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns light brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups cheese; stir until melted. Add pasta and sausage; stir until thoroughly coated. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with crackers and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
Step 3
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbling around edges and golden brown.
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