Purée half the minestrone, and combine with the unpuréed half. Mix with the shredded cavolo nero. Put a little in an ovenproof casserole then arrange slices of stale bread to cover the base, slightly overlapping them. Add a little more minestrone, then another layer of bread and the rest of the minestrone. Sprinkle the top with a little Parmesan and a little oil.
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