One of my favourite late summer dishes. I serve it as a stew, with fresh bread and butter, or else I ladle it over steamed rice. I guess you could serve it as a side dish but I think of it as a nice vegetarian supper. Reheats beautifully. If you can find decent green beans in the winter, you can make this with canned crushed tomatoes - 2 or 3 cups depending on how soupy you would like it.