3 quarts strawberries fresh, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
23 cup water
1 x food coloring red, optional
1 each pie shell (9 inch) deep-dish, 10 inch, baked
1 1/2 tablespoons instant pudding mix instant vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, mash enough berries to equal 3 cups. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the mashed berries and water; mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove 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 shell. Chill for 2 to 3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Pipe around edge of pie or dollop on individual slices.