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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
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223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
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118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
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1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
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Recipe of the Month

Herbed Spaghetti Squash


1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash outside of squash and pat dry with towel. Cut squash in half using Chef knife from top to bottom; be careful!
  3. Scoop out seeds and stringy part attached to them with a large spoon and discard. Avoid removing the flesh of the squash.
  4. Place squash halves, face-down, in a baking dish. Add a small amount of water to cover the bottom of the dish.
  5. Bake squash for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
  6. Rake the flesh of the cooked squash with a fork into strands. Add to a medium-sized bowl.
  7. Toss cooked squash with olive oil, herbs, and spices. Serve hot.


    1. You can also use this recipe instead of pasta with your favorite tomato sauce for a tasty meal!

Nutrition FactsServings per Recipe:
6 servings Amount Per ServingCalories 35Fat 2.5gSodium 105mgTotal Carbohydrates 4gFiber 1gProtein 0g

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