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When you’re craving comfort food, there’s no better way to indulge than with a creamy, delicious bowl of pasta. From a simple bowl of mac and cheese to spaghetti bolognese, from gnocchi to lasagna, the Italian staple can satisfy any pang of hunger.

Of course, usually when you decide to order a pasta dish, you know that it’s not going to be a light meal. But there are some dishes that are so far on the calorific side of the spectrum that they equal almost a full day’s worth of meals.

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With this in mind, HealthGrove, a Graphiq site, aggregated the most caloric pasta dishes at 25 nationally known chain restaurants. The data is pulled from menus as of May 12, 2016.

Pastas with cheesy sauces dominate the list — especially mac and cheeses and Alfredo pastas, which consist of 28 percent of the most calorific dishes. So when you’re out and looking for the comfort of a creamy pasta dish, make sure you know exactly what you’re biting into.

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25. HomeTown Buffet: Creamy Penne Carbonara

Calories: 260

24. CiCi’s Pizza: Pasta with Alfredo Sauce

Calories: 360

23. Au Bon Pain: Meat Lasagna

Calories: 470
Fat: 24 grams
Sodium: 1,080mg

22. Bob Evans: Chicken-N-Noodles Deep-Dish Dinner

Calories: 630

21. Fazoli’s: Ultimate Fettuccine

Calories: 930

20. Panera Bread: Mac & Cheese (Large)

Calories: 980

19. Sizzler: Cajun Fettuccine Alfredo

Calories: 1,035

18. Atlanta Bread: Basil Pesto Pasta

Calories: 1,060

17. T.G.I. Friday’s: Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Pasta

Calories: 1,110

16. Denny’s: Brooklyn Spaghetti & Meatballs (with Bread)

Calories: 1,230

15. Marie Callender’s Restaurant: Double Shrimp Pasta

Calories: 1,300

14. Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Cavatappi Franco with Gluten Free Pasta

Calories: 1,317

13. Pizza Hut: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Meatballs (with Garlic Bread)

Calories: 1,350

12. California Pizza Kitchen: Pesto Cream Penne with Chicken and Shrimp

Calories: 1,370

11. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Jumbo Spaghetti and Meatballs

Calories: 1,450

10. Domino’s: Chicken Carbonara in Bread Bowl

Calories: 1,480

9. Ruby Tuesday: Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Calories: 1,523

8. Mimi’s Cafe: Chicken Tillamook Cheddar Mac

Calories: 1,560

7. Applebee’s: 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders

Calories: 1,580

6. Olive Garden: Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara

Calories: 1,590

5. Uno Chicago Grill: Deep Dish Mac & Cheese

Calories: 1,690

4. The Old Spaghetti Factory: Hearty Mizithra and Brown Butter

Calories: 1,990

3. Spaghetti Warehouse: Turin Trio

Calories: 2,000

2. Red Robin: Buzz Clucks and Mac

Calories: 2,123

1. Macaroni Grill: Buffalo Chicken Parmesan

Calories: 2,170

Natalie Morin, HealthGrove |
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