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Vargabeles Recipe

Vargabéles [Sweet Noodle Pie]

Lori Walker, MS, RD
The Vargabéles is a traditional Hungarian dessert that is made with a layer of noodles with melted butter, a layer cream and dough sheets on the top. It’s often decorated with whipped cream and it can be absolutely delicious.
If you’re looking for something a little different the next time you want to indulge in a dessert, why not give the Vargabéles a try? You just might be pleasantly surprised.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hungarian Cuisine
Servings 8 people
Calories 402.6 kcal


  • 2 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 Oven


  • 6-8 sheets phyllo dough 
  • 200 g vermicelli pasta 
  • 100 g raisins soaked in warm water
  • cup sugar
  • 300 g sour cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g Romanian cow cheese
  • 1 egg yolk for spreading the top
  • 40 g melted butter for pasta
  • 60 g melted butter for the filling
  • 60 g melted butter for brushing the phyllo dough sheets
  • 4-5 tbsp butter for spreading the dough sheet
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar to finish


  • First, take the raisins in a small bowl and soak them in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes.  
  • Cook the pasta in boiling water with a little salt added until it is soft. After draining the noodles, combine them immediately with 40g of melted butter. Put them aside.
  • Whisk the egg yolk and sugar in a mixing bowl until frothy. Next, mix in cow cheese, sour cream, vanilla sugar, raisins (that have been drained), and lemon zest. Finally, stir in the 60g melted butter and cooled buttered vermicelli.
  • Take a large bowl, add 4 eggs white and a pinch of salt. Beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the foam into the Romanian cow cheese mixture, not breaking up the bubbles too much.
  • Preheat your oven to 170°C (338°F). 
  • Now take a 20×30 cm baking pan, then line it with 3-4 phyllo dough sheets. Make sure to spread butter on each sheet before placing them in the baking pan. 
  • In a pan, melt 60g or 5 tablespoons of butter. Take three sheets of phyllo dough and lay them at the bottom of the baking dish to cover the sides. Use a pastry brush to brush melted butter on all layers. Add the cow cheese mixture evenly on top of the dough, then place three more sheets of buttered phyllo dough on top. Use a brush to spread a beaten egg yolk over the final layer.
  • Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Bake until the top is golden brown.
  • Allow the cake to cool somewhat, then cut it into equal-sized squares.



-If you can’t find raisins, you can use chopped dried apricots or dried cranberries instead.
-Vargabéles can also be made in a muffin tin. Just fill each muffin cup with 1-2 tablespoons of filling and top with a sheet of phyllo dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
-If you want a really cheesy flavor, you can add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the filling.
-For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free all-purpose flour and gluten-free phyllo dough.
Keyword Hungarian dessert, Hungarian vargabeles, Sweet noodle, Sweet Noodle Pie, Vargabéles, Vargabéles recipe