Heat a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat (I prefer pretty high) and spray with a mist of olive oil spray. When it’s nice and hot, add your diced onions and bacon and sauté for about five minutes, stirring often, until bacon is crispy and onions are tender. Add your celery and carrots, and sauté for another five minutes covering between stirs to soften the veggies faster. Add zucchini and cook for 2 more minutes.
Turn the heat down to medium and add your tomato paste, garlic cubes, and basil cubes. Let it cook for two minutes, careful not to let the garlic burn.
Using a blender, blend the San Marzano tomatoes until smooth. Add the blended tomatoes, chicken broth, drained white beans, chopped chicken, parsley, and dried spices to the pot and combine everything well. Add any additional salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan and a drizzle of pesto if you’ve got it, and you’re feeling fancy! I like a little fresh basil on top. We also like to make a short pasta noodle on the side for those who want to add it to their bowls. And of course a hunk of crusty bread is always a good idea!