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Grab your stretchy pants: Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass is back

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

This year, you actually stand a chance to snag one of those pasta passes

It's the most wonderful time of the year — Olive Garden is back with their Never Ending Pasta Passes.

Each pass, which costs $100, allows diners to enjoy unlimited Never Ending Pasta Bowls with toppings and unlimited Coca-Cola beverages over a seven-week period (Oct. 3 – Nov. 20). It's the perfect way to train your body for the excesses of Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, right?

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Olive Garden is selling over 10 times as many passes in 2016 as they did last year — 21,000 vs. 2,000 family passes in 2015.

That's probably because last year, the passes sold out in literally one second (God bless America). This year, they're hoping people have more of a fighting chance to snag one due to the number of passes available, so they'll be on sale for one full hour, or until passes sell out.

The passes go on sale at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sept. 15, and a link to the page selling passes will go live here at 1:30 p.m. EST.

This year, the pass is not valid for to-go orders (maybe because in the past, people have used to-go orders as a loophole to share their food with others).

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But while you can't share your Never Ending Pasta Pass with other people, the FAQs strangely stipulate that "any guests may take advantage of the complimentary Coca-Cola soft drinks."

So while you may not be able to gift your table with free bowls of fettuccine Alfredo, you can at least throw a Diet Coke their way to distract them from the fact that you are walking, talking pasta royalty.

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