We chose this recipe for the unique preparation, and the use of oatmeal in a pasta dish. We reduced it down to two servings, and made it as directed using a top quality parmesan cheese. While very simple to make, it lacked flavor. The oatmeal was dry and didn't really add to the dish either good or bad. It could be tweeked by adding additional spices, and perhaps using nuts in place of the oatmeal, or using steel cut oats. Sorry Kitzy, this dish didn't quite do it for us.