Make some minestra. That is the grandparent stew to Minestrone which is made with pasta, sometimes rice. Minestra uses bread, authentically it was made with older or "perso pane" as the Italians say. Just make it with the bread that is between fresh and bread crumbs.
Minestra can be made with or without meat.
This is traditional Italian "peasant food" Make a hearty bone/veg. stock. add loads of garlic, oregano, basil, nutmeg, tomatoes meat and a couple fist fulls of pre-soaked kidney beans and chick peas. When the beans are soft add a lot of chopped carrots, celery, fennel, peppers, Simmer till the veg are cooked.
Cube the bread to about 1-1/2 Place some olive oil or melted butter into a mixing bowl, lots of chopped garlic, oregano, salt and pepper mix well then grate in a bunch of parm cheese. place the bread in the bowl and toss and dredge liberally with the oily mixture till the bread is well coated and the bread drank some up. add more oil if needed.
Then toast the large cheesey Italian croutons to golden brown perfection.
Serve the cubes of garlic bread on top of the stew. with some fresh grated parm cheese on top.
Great warmer upper in winter.
And as the Italians say... Mangia le mie palle!