Crowd Pleasin' Cheesy Sausage Ziti

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!

Crowd Pleasin' Cheesy Sausage Ziti
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  • 1 box (16 oz. pkg.) dry ziti, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups (two 8-oz. pkgs.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 links (12 oz.) fully-cooked chicken sausage, cut lengthwise into quarters and into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cheese snack crackers


PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

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.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbling around edges and golden brown.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 15g 23%
  • Saturated Fat 9g 45%
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 380mg 16%
  • Carbohydrates 26g 9%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 35%
  • Iron 6%
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 14g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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