Sky-High Strawberry Pie


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.

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Total Time Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
Makes 10 servings
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 350 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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