Minestrone Hamburger Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup cubed raw potato
1 cup sliced raw carrot
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1 No. 2 can tomatoes (21/2 cups)
1/4 cup rice
1 small bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves
5 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1-1/2 qt. water
Grated cheddar cheese

Cook beef with onion until slightly browned; add potato, carrot, celery, cabbage and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Sprinkle in rice; add bay leaf, thyme, basil, salt, pepper and water. Cover and simmer 1 hour. To serve, sprinkle with cheese.

Makes 5 servings.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana