Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

1 lb. dried split peas
1 leek, rinsed and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
7 c. hot water
2 bay leaves

1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 tsp. oregano
salt and pepper to taste

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours. Remove bay leaves at end of cooking time.

If you like a smoother consistency, puree in a blender or food process with metal blade.

Serve soup in individual bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serves 8.

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