*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                         JULIAN'S CHEESE MANICOTTI
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 Serving Size  : 7    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Pasta                            Cheese
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       lg           Onion -- chopped
    1                    Garlic clove -- pressed
    2       T            Olive oil
   12       oz           Tomato paste
   24       fl            -- Water
    2       T            Oregano, fresh -- chopped
    1       sm           Bay leaf
    1       t            Salt
      1/2   ts           Pepper, black
    1       t            Olive oil
   14                    Manicotti noodles
    1 1/2   c            Ricotta
    6       lg           Egg
      1/4   lb           Fontina -- grated
      1/4   lb           Mozzarella -- grated
      1/3   lb           Parmesan -- grated
    6       T            Butter, sweet -- softened
    1       t            Salt
      3/4   ts           Pepper, black
    2       T            Basil, fresh -- finely chopped
                         Parmesan -- for sprinkling
   Preheat the oven to 350 F.  To make the sauce, gently saute the onion
   and garlic in the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat until the
   onion is translucent, about five minutes.  Add the tomato paste and
   stir.  Slowly add the water and stir.  Add the seasonings and allow
   the sauce to simmer while preparing the manicotti and filling.
   Manicotti:  Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add the olive
   oil, and drop in the manicotti.  Cook al dente, about 12 minutes.
   Drain and refresh under cold running water.  Set aside.
   Filling:  beat the ricotta with the eggs until combined in the large
   bowl of an electric mixer.  Add the grated cheeses and softened
   butter, beat until combined.  Add the salt, pepper and basil.  Beat
   on low just until everything is combined.  Gently fill the cooked
   manicotti with the cheese mixture and arrange in two greased 9"x13
   pans.  Cover the pasta in each pan with half the sauce; sprinkle on
   additional parmesan.  Bake for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is
   thoroughly melted and the sauce is bubbling.
                                   ---*The Cereal Murders*
                                       Diane Mott Davidson
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