How to make Italian Sausage & Lentil Soup:
In large stockpot put 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat gently. Add the Premio Sweet/Mild Italian Sausage and brown and stir till in crumbles. Remove from pan and drain on towels. In same pot add carrots, celery, and onions. Sautee gently for 3 min. Add garlic and then gently crush the canned tomatoes in one at a time. Add the juice from tomatoes and then either the water or broth. Put in Pepper and Dried Italian herbs. Add sausage back in and simmer for 30 min till carrots are bit tender. Add Lentils and cook for 20 more min be sure to stir well or it will stick if not careful. Before serving add 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese and mix in. Taste soup before adding salt to it.
Serve with crusty bread and top with remaining parm cheese.