meyer lemon pasta with bacon

it's no surprise that i love meyer lemons. they're sweet and tart, a perfect mix of lemon and orange. i've always used them for sweet treats - meyer lemon tart, meyer lemon cupcakes with meyer lemon buttercream, and a runaway hit, meyer lemon iced raspberry yogurt cake - but they're equally as delicious in this simple pasta. if you're looking for a vegetarian option, omit the bacon. can't find meyer lemons? use a regular lemon instead. the flavor will be a bit more tart and pronouncedly lemon and definitely delicious.

meyer lemon pasta with bacon
adapted from savvy mom
30 minutes, serves 4-6

1 pound mini shells or orecchiette pasta
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
1 cup ricotta cheese
juice + zest of 1 meyer lemon
1/4-1/2 pound bacon
  1. cook the bacon on the stove top or in the oven. set aside to cool slightly and crumble.
  2. while the bacon cooks, cook the pasta in salted boiling water for about 1/2 of the time on the package. add the peas and continue cooking until the low end of the pasta cook time on the package. drain and return to the pot.
  3. add the ricotta, lemon juice and zest and season with salt and pepper. mix to combine.
  4. top individual servings with crumbled bacon. 

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