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It’s funny because a lot of my friends think just because I own a food company or a food blog that dinner is always easily available at my home and I never need to ask myself whats for dinner. I'm here to tell you, this is not true and you are not alone! I am surrounded by food all the time and I too get stumped sometimes and I don’t always have the time to spend figuring out what to make.
Enter one pot dinners into my life.
I’ve just been fascinated with the idea that I use one pot, throw in all my ingredients, and voila dinner is made! It reminds me a lot of the "ma'loubay" dishes made in the Middle East which is the "upside down" dishes. Basically a bunch of ingredients are put into one pot with rice and then flipped upside down. I posted my favorite one here .
Usually if I was to make a pasta dish it would take me 10 mins just to boil the water and pasta where as with this one pot pasta dish, the entire dish is complete in 20 mins!
Honestly, for me, the olives are everything in this dish. In fact, my husband picked out all the olives that I ended up just adding more afterwards. The green olives I get are from the Middle Eastern supermarket. They have a hint of lemon to them that make them so delicious against the creamy tomato sauce and perfect kick from the harissa.
Oregano is a very popular herb used in the Middle East to season meats and kabobs. I used Italian seasoning, which I commonly use in my cooking, to give it that extra flavor. You can do this dish without the heavy whipping cream if you are trying to be healthier and the dish will still taste amazing. A lot of the flavor is going to come from the olives, tomatoes, Harissa, seasoning, onions and garlic all being cooked together.
Best of all, Ayla approves :)