Is there a way to handmake alphabet pasta? I want to make the small pasta the is shaped into letters that is sometimes used for alphabet soup for kids.

It's usually about half a cm in length. And I cannot imagine that if I cut letters out they will keep their shape if they are that small. And it would take ages. I would guess there must be a device you push the pasta through so that it would get the right shape, but cannot find any reference of such a device.

Thank you

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    Are you from Gourmet Makes? Jul 15 '19 at 21:45
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    No, just a regular person. Just made my own pasta a week ago for the first time and wanted to see what the possibilities were. Thought it would be cool to make pasta with the kids and came to alphabet pasta this way. Haven't heard of Gourmet Makes, gonna check them out.
    – Lavandysh
    Jul 17 '19 at 9:47
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    Having taken a look: I wished!!!
    – Lavandysh
    Jul 18 '19 at 12:35

That's the exact way alphabet pasta is made in industries, it is called extrusion (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_extrusion)

Considering rheology specifications, I think you can repurpose a clay extruder for that, but not sure if there is an alphabet attachment for the tip. Mind that it is only productive if you are going to make a LOT pasta since you're going to make a lot of the same letter before moving on to the next.

(Clay extruder: https://www.amazon.com/Makins-USA-35055-Professional-Ultimate/dp/B0018BOXWQ/)

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    I recommend OP search for "pasta extrusion gif" or "... video", it's quite satisfying.
    – BruceWayne
    Jul 15 '19 at 16:24
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    You can easily make an alphabet attachment with 3D printing, or by hand with appropriate drill bits/carving tools. Jul 15 '19 at 16:47
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    @R.. 3D printing generally doesn't create food-safe items, even if the polymer itself is food-safe. Porosity is an issue and some sort of glaze/smooth coating that is itself food-safe and stable will be needed.
    – nanofarad
    Jul 15 '19 at 17:47
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    @hexafraction: They're sufficiently small that you could just treat them as disposable, or yes you could coat them with something (e.g. a foodsafe polyurethane). Jul 15 '19 at 17:55
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    They're more expensive than clay extruders, but even if you DIY your extrusion tips you probably should start with a pasta extruder so that all the other parts of your system are food safe. Jul 15 '19 at 19:16

You might try using a fondant cutter, similar to this one found on global sugar art. Just grabbed this for an example. I'm sure there are many more available online or in stores.

Should be much less expensive than a professional extruder and would be more feasible for home use.

As an alternative, if you're not set on homemade pasta, dried alphabet pasta is easily found online and in stores.

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