Using up stale bread isn't difficult, but making it into a filling, tasty meal is easier than you think. All you need is some stale bread and a couple items you probably already have in your pantry.
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Throw together some chopped onion, garlic, broth (beef, chicken, vegetable; any kind will do,) the stale bread (either ripped up or chopped into small pieces) and your choice of herbs and spices and you have a quick, delicious soup. It's super simple to make, you can eyeball all the ingredients or taste as you go along to see how it's coming.
The starch in the bread will thicken the soup and the broth will soften the dried out bread. Stick to simple breads like sourdough since they will break down better than bread chock full of seeds like rye.
Once you have the basics down, you can customise the soup with whatever you have available. Canned tomatoes or beans from the back of the pantry to fresh vegetables or leftover meat you need to use up all work equally well. Check out the link below for a few choices of how you can incorporate the bread into your soup.
Bread Is the Secret to Thicker, Heartier Soups [epicurious]