This Is the Worst Menu Item at The Cheesecake Factory

It's more than your daily nutritional intake in just one sitting!
The cheesecake factory restaurant

If you've ever opened up a Cheesecake Factory menu, you probably understand the anxiety of having so many options to choose from. Cheesecake Factory offers their customers a vast amount of options for every kind of meal. From pizzas to pastas to salads and a plethora of cheesecake slices, it really is one of the best restaurants to please anyone in a crowd.

However, just because it has a lot of options doesn't mean all of those options are the best to choose from. Some of these items are hiding a sneaky number of calories and sodium that go above and beyond what your natural daily nutrient intake should be. So before you dive into the best and worst Cheesecake Factory menu items, here's one particular food item you may want to stay away from: Pasta Napoletana.

Worst: Pasta Napoletana

pasta napoletana at the cheesecake factory
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2,470 calories, 177 g fat (82 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 5,020 mg sodium, 153 g carbs (11 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 65 g protein

Between the four different kinds of meats, the rich tomato sauce, and parmesan cream pasta, this dish is packed with calories upon calories. It contains italian sausage, pepperoni, housemade meatball, bacon, peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic in a rich tomato sauce, all over parmesan cream pasta.

The Pasta Napoletana has a whopping 2,470 calories in it, and 1,580 of them are coming from fat alone. It contains 153 grams of carbs, and a staggering 5,020 mg of sodium. Because it's recommended for Americans to consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day, having over double that amount—in just one dish—is frightening. It even has more sodium than 33 bags of Lays potato chips!

Now we would be kidding ourselves if we said this pasta dish didn't sound delicious (despite all the salt), so if you want to indulge but don't want all of those calories, you could always split up the meal. Order a few sides of green vegetables like their Green Beans (150 calories), Broccoli (270 calories), and Sauteed Spinach (250 calories). Split up the pasta dish, add some vegetables on the side, and save some room for a slice of cheesecake to share!

Just because some of their dishes are high in calories doesn't mean you have to avoid the Cheesecake Factory altogether. The menu is full of delicious healthy menu options that are great to enjoy, while still keeping on track with your calorie goals.

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten Hickman is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in recipe development, food, and diet coverage. Read more