BRING first 3 ingredients to boil in saucepan. Place remaining ingredients in slow cooker. Add broth mixture; cover with lid.
COOK on LOW 8 to 10 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours); stir.
DISCARD bay leaves. Remove 1 cup soup; place in shallow bowl. Mash peas and vegetable pieces with fork. Return to slow cooker; stir.