Love the flavour of this soup, just like eating a fresh tomato off the vine, delicious! I used just 3 teaspoons of olive oil instead of the butter, and 10 large tomatoes. Next time I will add more veggies. I did peel the tomatoes but didn't bother seeding them. Used my motor boat to puree it but left some lumps. The bit of rice makes it fairly thick without having to puree the whole thing. Also used brown basmati rice so had to simmer it for about 45 minutes. A lovely soup to have in the freezer for winter, it made a delicious light lunch. Thanks for posting I will make this one again. April 1/.10 made again for photo forum challenge, for lunch and the freezer today, used canned stewed tomatoes this time, worked out very well.