Cabbage Soup

Submitted by Gail Gordon for The Aha! Connection

This recipe is addicting and everyone who has made it once has made it again and again.. easy and hearty!
2T canola oil
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onion
 1 1/4 cups chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
3 T brown sugar
1T paprika
1tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 -15 oz can tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white or brown rice
6oz can of tomato paste to thicken.. optional
4 cups chopped green cabbage

Cook in large pot!

*Heat oil, add beef, brown,drain, add cabbage, onion, carrots, celery till onion is transparent.
*Add sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, stir, add tomatoe sauce, broth, stir well. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice.
*Reduce heat, cover, cook till rice is tender, about 45 minutes and vegetables are soft.. To thicken soup, add tomato paste.
Freezes well.
A meal in itself,. Serve with French bread.