This Cheesecake Factory Dish Is One of the Unhealthiest Things You Can Eat
It should be common knowledge by now that there are far more unhealthy options at chain restaurants than healthy ones. Even though most chains have rolled out special menus for the calorie-conscious, the combination of huge portion sizes and unhealthy ingredients means that no matter what you order, you’re probably going to want to take half home with you if you care about your waistline. Especially if it’s the Pasta Napoletana from Cheesecake Factory, which just “won” an Xtreme Eating Award for its insane level of unhealthiness.[related]
This massive plate of pasta (which doesn’t look even remotely close to anything you’ll find in its namesake city) starts with spaghetti that’s been tossed in a buttery parmesan cream sauce. It’s then topped with a tomato sauce that includes Italian sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, mushrooms, peppers, onions, garlic, and bacon, for good measure.
According to the Cheesecake Factory’s chief culinary officer, Donald Moore, the dish was inspired by meat lovers’ pizza, which makes sense; most pizza toppings can be turned into a tasty pasta, and vice versa. But this dish goes a little overboard. It’s estimated that it contains 2,310 calories (a whole day’s worth), 4,370 milligrams of sodium (two whole days’ worth), and 79 grams of saturated fat (four days’ worth).
So yeah, you’ll probably want to get a doggie bag.