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high calorie pasta

High Calorie Pasta for Weight Gain (1000 Calorie Pasta Recipe!)

Summer Yule
Learn how to make high calorie pasta! This pasta for weight gain recipe is nearly 1000 calories!
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3
Calories 968 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta, dry (340 grams; I used this gluten-free pasta)
  • ¾ ounce dried porcini mushrooms (21 grams)
  • lbs. fresh mushrooms (680 grams; I used a mix of portobello, shiitake, and gourmet mushroom blends)
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces chicken (340 grams; I used skinless chicken breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cups grated Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano, if possible)
  • tablespoons heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Set a pot of water to boil. We’ll come back to this in a bit when it’s time to cook the pasta. 
  • Prepare the mushrooms. Soak the dried porcini mushrooms by covering them in boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain them (but save that rich mushroom broth to use in other recipes).
  • While the dried mushrooms soak, chop the fresh mushrooms into ½-inch dice (1.27 cm) and chop the shallot. Put the shallots and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened and fragrant (not browned). 
  • Add the fresh and rehydrated mushrooms to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, allowing the liquid to evaporate from the mushrooms. This will take about 10-15 minutes. 
  • While they cook, you can grill the chicken (if it wasn’t previously cooked). My chicken took 7-10 minutes per side in a stovetop grill pan to reach the minimum safe temp of 165°F (74°C). Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cut into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Set both the mushrooms and chicken aside while you work on the pasta and Parmesan sauce. 
  • Cook the pasta to be al dente according to the directions on the pasta package. While it cooks, make the cheese sauce by whisking the eggs, cream, and Parmesan together. After the pasta has cooked, drain it quickly and stir in the butter so that the noodles don't stick together. 
  • Working quickly, toss the cheese sauce together with the pasta while the pasta is still hot. The cheese should completely melt from the heat of the pasta so that there is no graininess. Don't forget to add some salt and lots of black pepper (if you want). 
  • Next, stir the mushrooms and chicken into the pasta and serve. That's all there is to it! 

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). If you are having trouble gaining weight, you should visit your doctor to rule out any potential underlying health issues. Sometimes something as simple as a medication change may help increase your appetite and make it easier to gain weight.
This recipe, as written, contains over 1,300 calories worth of pasta. If you feel like the amount of food per serving is too much, cut back on the mushrooms. This will decrease the volume of the meal while keeping the calories high.
Protein is the most filling macronutrient and veggies tend to be very low in calories. However, you should still fit these things in your diet for weight gain. While I’d consider pasta good for weight gain, it can’t be the only food in your diet.
There isn’t really a best time to eat pasta for weight gain. You won’t put on a significant amount of body fat overnight from eating pasta. Lasting body composition change (not just weight from undigested food or water retention) takes time.
Does pasta make you gain belly fat? You might get a little bloating after a pasta meal or other big meal, but this isn’t belly fat. You can’t target body weight gain to certain body parts by eating pasta.
If you don’t like the chicken in this meal, you can try substituting with sausage, shrimp, or tuna. Of these options, the sausage is highest in calories.
Another common question...
Which is healthier, potatoes or pasta? Plain baked potatoes are considered one of the most satiating foods and provide more vitamin C and fiber than white pasta. That said, which is “healthier” really depends on what your needs are. For those on low carb and keto diets, neither is a great choice.
 
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe. Nutrition information will vary slightly depending on the type of mushrooms and pasta you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 968kcalCarbohydrates: 106.3gProtein: 62.4gFat: 35.1gSaturated Fat: 15.8gPotassium: 1612.1mgFiber: 10.6gVitamin A: 21.3% DVVitamin C: 2.7% DVCalcium: 37.9% DVIron: 25.7% DV
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