CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

INGREDIENTS :

2 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
1 onion finely diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage
2 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
4 cups beef broth
3 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons parsley

INSTRUCTIONS :

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula until beef is browned, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the cabbage, carrots, beef broth, tomato sauce, rice, bay leaf, and brown sugar to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove bay leaf and discard. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.