3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
1-1/2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
2/3 cup water
Red food coloring, optional
1 deep-dish pie crust (10 inches), baked
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix
1In a large bowl, mash enough berries to equal 3 cups. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in mashed berries and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
2Remove from the heat; add food coloring if desired. Pour into a large bowl. Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just slightly warm. Fold in the remaining berries. Pile into pie crust. Chill for 2-3 hours.
3In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle dry pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Pipe around edge of pie or dollop on individual slices.
Total Time Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
Makes 10 servings
1 piece: 350 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.