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 gnocci 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.
With this in mind, HealthGrove, a Graphiq site, aggregated the most caloric pasta dishes at 10 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.