In cold water, soak the fava beans overnight to soften. Drain
and add the beans to a pot filled with fresh cold water to cover. Add the onion, fennel, and dissolved tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer
until the beans soften and split, forming a puree, about 1 hour. Using your hands, break up the vermicelli into smaller-sized noodles. Add the vermicelli to the pot and continue to simmer until the noodles
are cooked, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine extra-virgin olive oil
, tomato paste, and chiles and drizzle
over puree. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving with the toasted breadcrumbs
scattered on top. Garnish with fennel fronds and pepperoncino, to taste.