Stale Bread. It’s the ingredient nobody talks about, yet most of us have a slice or two, or even an entire neglected loaf, in our kitchen. Don’t despair though – this forgotten food can be transformed into a multitude of appetizing meals.

Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Summer Ribollita with Beans and Zucchini. Meaning re-boiled in Italian, ribollita is real peasant food, that is, hearty and filling whilst still being nutritious. Use stale bread to bulk out this Tuscan soup. You can adapt the recipe to suit whatever veg you have to hand, but we love this summery version with green beans, tomatoes and zucchini.
  1. Panzanella. The Italians have another trick up their sleeve for using stale bread, this time in the form of bread salad. Use the best quality tomatoes and extra-virgin olive you can find as these will give their flavor to the salad. A great dish to take to a barbeque.
  1. Asian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce. Panko breadcrumbs are coarser than regular breadcrumbs, so if you’re making your own process very briefly and leave to dry out thoroughly to achieve a similar result. Use them to give a light texture to these garlic, ginger and cilantro-flavored meatballs.
  1. Braised Fennel with Parmesan Breadcrumbs. Soft, mellow braised fennel gets a covering of Parmesan breadcrumbs in this tasty side dish. More than just a garnish, the bread gives a crunchy contrast to the veg as well as a deep umami flavor. Save some to eat cold the next day!
  1. Fattoush. If you have leftover pita breads, use them in this recipe. The ingredients of this Arabic salad vary, but you’ll commonly find cucumber, tomatoes and feta, all dressed in a lemon and garlic vinaigrette. Go heavy on the fresh herbs for a real flavor punch.

How do you re-use the leftover ingredients in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!