This type of soup recipe can take a lot of abuse and still come out quite tasty, in my estimation. A good grind of black pepper or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar at the end can up the flavor quotient and turn it into something quite delicious. Anyway, if you have the time, make jovali's recipe, but if it's 8 pm already and you haven't been to the store in days, then the abbreviated version can still hit the spot.
Continuing the Italian theme, I made this spinach mushroom lasagna last night. Again, there are probably more gourmet lasagna recipes, but this one scores major points for requiring less than 15 minutes of prep before you throw it all in the oven. I even mashed the tofu with my hands (they were clean, i promise!). It seemed really saucy when I put in the oven, but because the noodles weren't precooked, they seemed to absorb much of the excess sauce and it came out just fine.