I go to a farm every other week to get fresh produce and milk. This week they had fresh shitake mushrooms. I looked a lot of recipe on here and couldn't find what I wanted, so I created my own. MMMMMM Nice and hearty.
1Melt butter in the bottom of a large pan. Add olive oil, bacon and onions. Sauté until onions are soft.
2Add beef broth and barley. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Check and stir a few times.
3Add cream, 2 cups of milk and the mushrooms. (You can use any mushrooms you like.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and simmer 20 minutes. Add more milk if necessary to make your desired consistency.
4** If you wanted to you could leave a few mushroom whole. When they are tender, you could remove them, puree and add back into the soup. Or use an immersion blender a bit.