Single Courses are now usually considered as the result of the modern need for speeding up and adapting to our frantic lives without renouncing to the taste.
In some nothern Europe countries, like Germany and France, Single Courses are the the standard practice, but here in Italy we have our ancient Single Courses as well. Just think to eggplant parmigiana, tiella from Bari, or potato cake!
In Italy most of Single Course recipes have a humble origin, as they were born from the necessity to bring onto the table a complete meal with only a few ingredients. On the contrary, outside Italy (and above all in Eastern countries), Single Courses are often part of the traditional gastronomic legacy. That’s how very famous recipes were born, like, for example, couscous, fajitas, paella or chicken pie.