“Eight layers of rich, fudgy brownie and sweet vanilla cream cheese frosting, with a chocolate drizzle.” That’s how the Olive Garden menu describes the chain’s Chocolate Brownie Lasagna.

Who doesn’t want to finish off a meal with a 910-calorie stack of frosting-sandwiched brownies that pack 25 teaspoons of (mostly added) sugar plus 27 grams (over a day’s worth) of saturated fat!

It’s like ordering seven Hostess Ho Hos for dessert.

In fact, the lasagna has 9 more teaspoons of sugar than any other Olive Garden dessert, including the 470-calorie Tiramisu, the 730-calorie Sicilian Cheesecake, and the 750-calorie Black Tie Mousse Cake.

And that’s just the finale. You can start your meal with a Lasagna Fritta, a 1,130-calorie appetizer made of deep-fried, parmesan-breaded lasagna noodles served with alfredo and meat sauces. (Only the 1,160-calorie Spinach-Artichoke Dip with flatbread crisps and the 1,280-calorie Shrimp Fritto Misto apps pack a heavier punch.)

And, of course, you can go with a 940-calorie Lasagna Classico as your entrée. But even that’s middle of the road at Olive Garden, where a dozen-or-so entrées pack 1,000 to 2,000 calories.

All in all, it’s a lasagnapalooza. Make that lasagnapaloser.

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The Healthy Cook's Kitchen: Soup

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