Dinner Recipes




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording on dinner meals, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

What is the man going to make for dinner?

The man says, "This evening, I’m going to make some delicious spaghetti and a healthy salad for dinner following an old Italian recipe my grandmother used to make all the time."

Where did the man get the recipe for the meal?

The man says, "This evening, I’m going to make some delicious spaghetti and a healthy salad for dinner following an old Italian recipe my grandmother used to make all the time."

What does the man prepare with his main meal?

The man says, "This evening, I’m going to make some delicious spaghetti and a healthy salad for dinner."

This evening, I’m going to make some delicious spaghetti and a healthy salad for dinner following an old Italian recipe my grandmother used to make all the time. First of all, I put a pot of water on the stove to heat up until it boils. I add about a teaspoon of olive oil to the pot. In the meantime, I brown up some ground beef in a skillet on medium heat with a little olive oil, add some finely chopped fresh onions and garlic, and finally sprinkle in a little salt and pepper. Once the mixture is brown, I drain off the excess fat, add some chopped tomatoes and tomato paste, add a pinch of oregano and basil, and add some sliced mushrooms. I let the entire mixture simmer on the burner until the spaghetti noodles are ready. Now, once the water is boiling in the pot, I turn down the heat a little, add the spaghetti noodles, and let it cook until the noodles are nice and tender, but I don’t want to overcook them. Once the noodles are done, I serve the sauce on top of a plate of noodles. For the salad, I mix a variety of leafy vegetables including spinach in a bowl, along with some beets, sliced carrots, and tomatoes, topped with bacon bits and croutons. I prepare my own vinegar and olive oil dressing. Sometimes, I prepare garlic bread to complement the meal.

Part 2: Discussion

Does your family have a recipe for making spaghetti? How about some type of pasta or other Italian food? Are there any unique spaghetti recipes in your hometown? One example is squid ink spaghetti, which I first tried in Japan.

Part 3: Online Investigation

There are countless ways to prepare spaghetti, and it shouldn’t be hard to find one that suits your taste. Search for a recipe for each of these main ingredients and share your recipe with other students: seafood spaghetti, vegetarian spaghetti, beef spaghetti, chicken spaghetti.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):