This soup is even better the next day! It can be made using browned mini meatballs or browned sausage meat or ground beef in place of the beef cubes. If desired you can use all chicken or beef broth in place of water. This soup makes a filling main meal served with crusty buns on the side. If desired you could make this into a thick stew buy adding in a water/flour mixture to the simmering soup at the end of cooking and omitting the cooked rice.