This was the first meal I ever cooked for my wife back when we were dating. The recipe is from and old Betty Crocker cookbook that my parents made for me back in the 70s' I liked it so much that I learned how to make it myself when I was about 8 years old. Over the years I have tweaked it some, but this version is very close to the original.
You can really kick it up if you substitute about 1/4 cup fresh (finely chopped) basil for the dried basil and parsley. To make it a complete meal, try adding chicken. Health nuts be forewarned, this dish is incredibly rich and makes for excellent comfort fare! Consider serving it as a side dish by reducing to 8 1/2 cup servings if you are looking for a healthier choice. Be sure to use real Romano cheese, otherwise the dish will taste bland. If you want a tangier result, look for the Sheep's Milk (Pecorino Romano) variety.