New Year Hearty Soup
By Chef Tom Fraker

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Canola Oil
1 Sweet Onion -- peeled; diced
1 pinch Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
2 cloves Garlic -- peeled; minced
2 stalks Celery -- washed; chopped
1/2 jar Melissa's Sun Dried Tomatoes - Julienne Style
1/4 cup Sherry
1/2 package Melissa's Basmati Rice
8 cups Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth
1 package Melissa's Dried Roasted Sweet Corn
to taste Melissa's Organic Italian Seasoning Grinder
1 package Melissa's Steamed Blackeyed Peas
1 package Melissa's Steamed Red Kidney Beans
1/2 package Melissa's Sliced Carrots

Directions

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium high flame.
Add the onion and season with the salt and pepper.
Cook for 2 minutes and add the garlic.
Continue cooking until the garlic is aromatic, about 15-20 seconds.
Next add the celery, sun dried tomato, sherry and Basmati rice.
Cook, while stirring, for 3 minutes and then add the vegetable broth, sweet corn and Italian seasoning.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the peas, beans and carrots and continue simmering for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and serve.
Makes about 8-10 servings.
If your soup is a little too thick, simply add a little more "heated" broth.


Notes
This is a "New Year" soup because it contains black eyed peas.
Black eyed peas are a traditional food served during New Year's to bring prosperity and good luck throughout the coming year