The amount of work required to make a real lasagna is quite immense. There is a lot of preparation involved in making up all the different elements before you get to the point of assembly. The real traditional recipe from Ferrara uses far more ingredients, including pancetta, prosciutto, pork loin, chicken livers, truffles, and cream, not to mention peas! Here is my toned down version of that recipe, which I feel is somewhat more accessible to most. In any case, Italians choose to make lasagna for special occasions, given the labor of love involved.
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