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Useful Tip for Leftover Hard Italian or French Bread.

Updated on July 30, 2011

Useful tip, for Hard Italian Bread

In it's "door stop" condition.
In it's "door stop" condition. | Source
It's so easy to rough cut the hard bread with a capable knife.
It's so easy to rough cut the hard bread with a capable knife. | Source
Bread that has been wet with water and crushed, ripe tomato.
Bread that has been wet with water and crushed, ripe tomato. | Source
It only takes a few minutes before the bread cooks down, to thicken the soup.
It only takes a few minutes before the bread cooks down, to thicken the soup. | Source
Cooked down before adding water and spices to taste.
Cooked down before adding water and spices to taste. | Source

How to use leftover, not so fresh bread.

This Bread is Not for The Birds!

After sending hard bread off to the birds way too many times and not being able to finish Italian Bread before it's hard enough to be used for a door stop. I came up with a delicious and frugal solution!

Usually, I have enough chicken broth and pieces of chicken to make another pot of soup for the next day.

At first I would chop up the hard bread and put it in the soup pot. Now I chop the bread up, wet it with about a cup of filtered water and squeeze a large ripe tomato over the bread. Then I put the wet bread into the soup pot, add a few more chopped vegetables, spices and one or two teaspoons of olive oil. I bring the soup to a boil, simmer for thirty minutes and another quick and tasty soup is ready for dinner!

Bread Soup Recipe:

Two quarts Fresh Chicken Stock (or canned store bought chicken broth, or even bouillon cubes)

Rough Cut Vegetables (you choose) I use, 2 carrots, 2 ears of corn cut in half, a cup of chopped cabbage, cup of chopped green onions, and whatever else is hiding out in the refrigerator.

Then I add the Wet Bread, Salt and Pepper to taste and a few teaspoons of Olive Oil.

I ladle some soup into a bowl and then grate some cheese on top.

Until we meet again... Francesca27


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    • Francesca27 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hub Page

      I also wet the bread a little, sprinkle some s&p on it and add some cut up, fresh tomatoes, olive oil and some sliced onion...yum.

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      5 years ago

      very smart way to make a tasty soup.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hi! I used to cut a hard baguette lengthwise and rub olive oil on it, then I put some slices of salami,cut tomatoes, salt and pepper and on top of it grated cheese. Then bake in the oven until the cheese is melting. Now, I know that I can use this hard bread for soup. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      I used to throw it at my brother, now I will put it in the soup pot.

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      7 years ago

      Good idea.

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      7 years ago

      Those are beautiful pictures. You can also use the hard Italian bread to make French Toast Bake.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea! Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      That cookbook is overdue! You have some very good recipes and so easy! Thank you!

    • WandasHomePlace profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Very useful in today's economy. I will do this the next time my bread feels like a door stop.

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      7 years ago

      How do you come up with these recipes?

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      7 years ago

      Looks scrumtious! I always have lefteover bread! It looks so good I can taste it. Thanks


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