Place split peas in a pot, cover with water, and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour, covered. (This step softens the split peas. The step may be omitted, but the soup will not be as smooth.)
Slice vegetables (or grate in food processor).
Put all ingredients in crock pot. If broth does not fill crock, top off with water. Slow cook for 8 hours.
Puree soup in blender, adding water if a thinner soup is desired.
Makes 3 quarts.
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