Mushroom Barley Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 small shallot, chopped
8 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
8 cups vegetable or mushroom broth
1 tablespoon bouillon base (beef-flavored, vegetarian)
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup pearl barley
In a heavy bottomed pot heat olive oil and butter (2 tablespoons of your favorite lipid will do) over medium high heat. Add shallot and mushrooms and sauté till they give off their liquid. Reduce liquid by half and add garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Cook till fragrant, approx 1 minute.
Add broth, bouillon base and salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add barley, reduce heat to medium and cook until tender, approximately 40 minutes.