This soup is simple, delicious, and filling. It is best made with dried beans that have been soaked overnight. The anchovy adds richness without being obvious, and even people who say they do not like anchovies love the layer of flavor they add to this dish. Serve with crusty Puglian bread and good-quality olive oil.
1. In a large pot, cover the beans and 2 of the garlic cloves with water. Cook over low heat for 2 to 2½ hours.
2. When the beans are almost done, combine the olive oil, the remaining clove of garlic, and the anchovy in a medium pan. Cook over low heat for a couple of minutes. When the garlic starts to sizzle, add the tomato paste, stir to combine all the ingredients, and remove the pan from the heat.
3. Add the garlic and tomato paste mixture to the beans. Add the red pepper flakes, stir well, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the flavors have blended. Add the salt and pepper.
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