Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese

Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

So one of the things I most look forward to on vacation is getting the chance to shop around for food products that aren’t available to me in Virginia. I came home from our adventure with so much food, that I don’t even have room for all of it in my pantry. One of my favorite finds was a Beer Mustard from Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Bangor, ME. I had absolutely no intention of cooking anything this weekend, seeing as I was buried underneath a literal mountain of dirty clothes, and being stalked by Brenna, who was very adamant that I spend every second making up for leaving her at home for over a week by her little ol’ lonesome. But of course plans changed when my brother stopped by for a visit on Labor Day. Suddenly B.O.B. Bob was ready to cook out, which obviously meant that I had to get back in the kitchen right away. I owed my brother some ooey gooey mac and cheese, because on his previous visit he did not consider the mac and cheese I made to be worthy. I chose not even to post the recipe here, because he disliked it so much. It had mushrooms, bacon, and tomatoes in it, and I found it delicious, but I could see his point that it wasn’t creamy enough. This time around I hit a home run. He loved the pasta, he enjoyed the maple carrots I made from our garden, wolfed down the pork chops we grilled, and even managed to eat a few pieces of broccoli that I steamed. I love it when I finally make an entire meal that he can’t turn his nose up at; it absolutely makes me do a happy dance. I think the Corn Muffin that I defrosted from the freezer put my impromptu holiday meal over the top for him. After all, dinner isn’t dinner without bread in his opinion.

*The pottery bowl in this post was a gift from my brother to add to my every growing collection from Red Drum Pottery in Frisco, NC.

Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

 

Ingredients:

  • 8-oz. Pasta
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 1/2 Cups Freshly Shredded Extra Sharp White Cheddar

Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat.
  3. When the butter has melted, whisk in the flour, and cook for 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
  4. Add the milk and mustard to the saucepan, whisking until well combined.
  5. Continue cooking for 8 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  6. Add the shredded cheese, and whisk until completely melted.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta well, and then combine the pasta and the cheese sauce.

Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Don’t forget to add a heaping teaspoon of salt to the boiling pasta water.
  • I used a blend of two different types of pasta in this recipe, because it was last-minute, and I used what I had available. Feel free to use whichever pasta is your favorite.
  • Every mustard will have a different sodium content, make sure to taste the cheese sauce before adding additional salt if needed.
  • If you’re interested in trying Sea Dog Beer Mustard, it is available for purchase online here.

Stone Ground Mustard Mac and Cheese | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Top the mac and cheese with crumbled bacon, as well as using bacon grease in place of the melted butter.
  • Add some fresh herbs to the cheese sauce; chives would work nicely with this dish.



Come Join Us in the Kitchen!

Subscribe to Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice to receive exclusive recipes, newsletters, and special updates.

This is a Spam Free Zone! Powered by ConvertKit
  • Debbie Spivey

    Sounds and looks wonderful. I like the idea of mustard in the mac & cheese. Love the bowl too!

    • Colleen Delawder

      So wonderful Debbie, I’m such a sucker for mustard! And the pottery always makes me smile. It reminds me of all of our summer trips to Cape Hatteras.