Crowd Pleasin' Cheesy Sausage Ziti

Crowd Pleasin' Cheesy Sausage Ziti

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based on 4 reviews
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15 min.
45 min.
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!


  • 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
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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.

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Cheesy Sausage Ziti brings comfort!

I made this recipe for my good friend and neighbor who recently had a baby. It was just a day after they came home from the hospital and I wanted to bring her a little tasty comfort food that the whole family could enjoy. It was a big hit with everyone, even the 3 year old. The sausage I happened to have on hand was smoked bratwurst which gave it a lovely rich smokey flavor. I will certainly make this recipe again.

- Doris Andrews

The name says it all

I made this for dinner and everyone loved it. It is even better the next night warmed up. I will definately make this again. "It is yummy"

- Andrea Gorkin from Webster, NY

Not Healthy but Good

It was easy, I used some chicken I had instead of the sausage. I also did half a green pepper and half an onion, instead of a whole onion. You need to have a green salad or some kind of vegetables to balance out all the cheese.

- Misty Thompson from Norfolk, VA

Perfect quick meal!

I only had bulk sausage ,so I browned it and drained the grease and followed the recipe, perfect! Great taste! Husband loved it!

- Christina Johnston from Home, PA

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/18 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 18

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 300
  • Calories from Fat: 130
  • Total Fat: 15g (23% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 9g (45% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 50mg (17% of DV)
  • Sodium: 380mg (16% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 26g (9% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Vitamin A: 6% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 2% of DV
  • Calcium: 35% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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