Hearty Italian Bean Soup
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ham, cooked and cubed
white beans, 15 ounces
spinach, fresh and chopped
1Remove 1 1/2 cup white kidney beans to medium bowl; mash beans until smooth with a potato masher or fork.
2In 5 quart pot, heat olive oil, ham, celery, carrots, onion, zucchini, basil, and pepper until veggies are tender and begin to brown, about 15 minutes.
3Stir in stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, chopped spinach, mashed white beans, and 2 cups water, use spoon to break up tomatoes; heat until boiling.
4Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors.
5Stir in remaining beans; heat through.
6Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.