Homemade tomato rice soup is perfect on a chilly day. It doesn't take very long to make and is very satisfying.
Melt the butter in large soup pot over medium heat.
Add the onions and cook until translucent and tender.
Add garlic and cook for one minute.
Add the celery and red bell pepper and cook another 2-3 minutes.
Add tomato juice, can of diced tomatoes, herbs, salt, pepper and rice.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for
20 minutes Add the parsley and simmer another 10 minutes. Shut off.