Red Wine Risotto, Sausage, & White Beans; QWERTY woes

I knew I had one more risotto…..

I made this the last rainy week we had.

I had a leftover half green pepper from a pasta dish, and 8oz of sausages left from a big package. When I buy meat in bulk I break it into smaller packages for freezing. I want around 12oz in each package as that works well for us for dinner.

When I end up with 6 or 8 ounces left I usually put it into a quiche or risotto.

This is the first time I’ve used green pepper in a risotto. It’s taste is a bit sharper then the red or yellow.

I thought it went well with the sausage.

Mon mari is still debating…. I love green peppers; he sort of likes them.

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Red Wine Risotto, Sausage, & White Beans

Another easy risotto (Spoiler: All risottos are easy). I used an pork sausage with herbs, a green pepper and fresh garlic chives. Substitute as needed.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Risotto


  • 2/3 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) red wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) beef broth
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • Condimenti:
  • 8oz (240gr) sausages, cut into 1/2″ slices
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) white beans, rinsed
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs fresh garlic chives, chopped


  • Heat beef broth and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add 1/2 onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté stirring, for 1 – 2 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add red wine and stir.
  • Start condimenti.
  • When rice has absorbed most of the wine add a 1/3 cup of broth, stir.
  • When broth is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.  Before the last 1/3 cup taste a few kernels of rice.  They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked.  If more broth is needed add it 1/6 cup at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • Stir in the Parmesan and condimenti, spoon into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately.  
  • Condimenti:
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add sausages, 1/2 onion, green pepper and sauté until sausages are cooked through. 
  • Add beans, chives, turn heat to low, cover and keep warm until needed.


When risotto is ready it should be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold its shape on a plate. In the minute it takes to get from heat to plate it will thicken slightly but stay creamy and luscious.
It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be very stiff.

Keywords: risotto, sausage, red wine

Sausage Red Wine Risotto

I’ve washed my hands about 3 dozen times today and sanitized them another 2 dozen times.

I was running errands, doing all the little things that have been put off for the last 3 months. Every store I went in had a stand with hand sanitizer at the entrance with a sign that said ‘Please, Use’.

One of my errands was to buy a new keyboard.

I have been working with computers for over 40 years. I started with programmable calculators that used ‘mag cards’ to load programs. It took 10 cards to load a program to calculate loan payments.

I had one of the first laptops back in the early 80’s. It used floppy discs to load programs and store data. Needless to say it didn’t have a battery or internet access and it was large and heavy.

I’ve worked with big main frames that had their own special rooms and I’ve worked with handheld powerhouses.

The one thing I have never done, in all those years, with all those different systems, is spill coffee on a keyboard…. Until the second day of complete lock-down.

And I spilled a full. fresh, hot cup.

I did all the things one is supposed to do – turn it upside down, attempt to take it apart, attempt to clean up the mess, etc. I may have expressed my dismay using colorful vocabulary in a loud voice. (I scared the dog.)

After I was done and had let it to dry, I plugged it in. It worked, mostly.

Funny thing…. A keyboard with only 75% of the keys working is the same as one with no keys working.

I remembered that when I bought the keyboard, I had kept the old one.

I found it. It worked.

I have no idea why I replaced it – I replaced it with an identical keyboard. (I’m fussy about my keyboards.) I plugged the old one in and all was well.

Until Wednesday.

It started doing this y//////////////////////////////////////////or/////////////////////.

I made the usual attempt to fix it – unplug, reboot, plug, and it worked.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday, in the morning, when I right clicked my mouse it did this ///////////////////////////////// and spun around the screen, clicking randomly.

I left for my walk.

When I came back there was a YouTube video playing. It was a news video, so nothing sinister, but no one had been home except the dog…. and she usually doesn’t watch the news.

Further investigation proved that the keyboard was at fault. It was time to replace it.

I use a QWERTY keyboard – I touch type (I don’t look at the keys.)

French keyboards are AZERTY.

I ordered a new, fancy keyboard from Amazon UK which will be delivered in a week or 2.

Then I went to the local tech store and bought a cheap French keyboard.

I keep letter stick-ons on hand because I have a tendency to wear keys out. I plugged in the French keyboard, changed it from AZERTY to QWERTY, then put new letters on all the keys that needed it.

I am now finished typing this post.

4 thoughts on “Red Wine Risotto, Sausage, & White Beans; QWERTY woes”

  1. I have an old IBM M10 keyboard, I’m sure you know the one I mean? The only one with buckling spring keys that, if in pristine condition (which mine is) sells for hundreds on eBay. I won’t be selling it any time soon. I still use it when I have a lot of work to do. I move my laptop to the table rather than my lap, plug that keyboard in, and am back in keyboard heaven. 🙂

    I spilled coffee on this keyboard (the laptop one) about 8 months ago. The older Toshiba, which this is, had an almost waterproof bladder behind the keys. Almost. It’s slowly been degrading over time. The Q and X only work when they want to, sometimes I get several of the same letter in a word, sometimes half the letters don’t work. It was an annoyance so I bought a bluetooth keyboard that would fit over this one. That worked okay, but was cumbersome and if I moved wrong, it slipped off the built in keyboard. Next, I bought a new keyboard to replace this one. I didn’t really read the iFixit instructions until after it came, but I have to tear the laptop down to the shell to replace it. I’ve replaced hard drives, memory, power plugs, fans, touchpads, almost everything one can replace on a laptop, but I’ve never had to take it this far apart.

    I’m still using the original laptop keyboard. *sigh*

  2. I had a microsoft ergonimic with customizable keys. The little French one I’m using at the moment has nothing – and it’s smaller so I’m constantly hitting the wrong key. Spell check is working overtime. New one will be here soon…. I hope I like it…. Logitech.

  3. I have a full size bluetooth Logitech that I used at work because they had the cheapest darned keyboards ever! I had the bluetooth mouse as well. I loved them almost, but not quite, as much as my IBM so that’s saying a lot. I hope you like it.

    • I like it – but not as much as my old Microsoft Ergonomic…. The hubs made a wedge to angle it up more which improved it bigly. It’s strangely ‘thick’ but the keys have a nice touch.

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