This is a recipe I got out of a magazine (around 20 years ago) that really fills you up on a cold day. The main ingredients (lentils, ham, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions) can cook all day in either a crockpot, or a stove-top pot - although I have always made it in a crock pot. The addition of mushroom soup, beef boullion granules and parsley help with the overall taste and seasoning. This recipe is easily adjusted for personal taste (can omit one of the vegetables, or add more/less of one) and takes very little preparation time. The soup tastes great as a leftover, too!