Kid-Friendly Cheesy Sausage Ziti


16 ounces dry ziti, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
36 ounces evaporated milk
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
12 ounces links fully-cooked chicken sausage, cut lengthwise into quarters and into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup crumbled cheese crackers



1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a  13×9-inch baking dish. Prepare pasta.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.

3. Add onions; cook until softened.

4. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns light brown, about 3 minutes.

5. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

6. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

6. Add 3-1/2 cups cheese; stir until melted. Add pasta and sausage; stir until thoroughly coated.

7. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with crackers and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

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


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